Haiti Earthquake through the eyes of a 4 year old
We have been pretty careful not to let JJ see much of the footage from Haiti. But he hears everything, and wants to know everything, so he asked about what an earthquake was last week one day. I told him in very basic terms.
Last night at the dinner table, he was imparting his new found knowledge on his little sister:
JJ: Cari - know what an earthquake is?
Cari: No - Mommy I have more milk?
JJ: An earthquake is when there is an island in the middle of the ocean, see, and the ground shakes so much that all the buildings fall down. There was an island "Halo" - is that right mommy?
Me: You mean Haiti?
JJ: Yes, Cari, there is an island called Haiti, see, and they had an earthquake and the ground shook so hard it made lots of the buildings fall down, and the people are very sad.
Are earthquakes always on islands mommy?
Me: No, not always, they can be anywhere, really.
JJ: Mommy, can we have earthquakes here?
Daddy: There was an earthquake in Minnesota when mommy and daddy were younger, but it only knocked things off shelves
JJ: That's good, because I don't want our buildings to fall down.
I don't want him to worry that everything that happens in the world can happen to him, but at the same time, don't want him to be too sheltered from real life either. Still, for now, I think we will try to keep the images from Haiti from being too promenant in his little mind....that mind that works overtime so much!