Jennifer is a one in a million stay-at-home mom. (More like one OF a million stay at home moms!) She graduated from a liberal arts college but there is nothing liberal OR artsy about her. She is married to Kevin Fischer of This Just In, and together they have a beautiful young daughter Kyla Audrey. In no particular order she loves dogs, wine, a good bargain, her family, pizza, and entertaining. Follow her blog of all things miscellaneous including but not limited to cooking and baking, entertaining and party planning, being a mommy, and homekeeping.
Although she just started 4K, it will be very soon that Kyla will start learning American history in her classes. It seems hard to believe. Right now she has her own limited concept of time. When she’s excited and waiting for something even five minutes can seem like days to her. So it will be an interesting shift when she starts understanding the current and past events that helped shape our country.
She is already patriotic in her own sense. She has an incredible love of the American Flag, enjoys celebrating INDEPENDENCE DAY, and can proudly recite the Pledge of Allegiance all by herself. She has heard Mommy & Daddy say repeatedly that we live in the best country ever.
In her own sweet, innocent and naïve world it is impossible for her to understand that anyone would want to see bad things happen to our country. She has NO concept of violence, hatred, politics, war, or death. I can’t shelter her forever of course but I don’t mind one bit that she has not been exposed to such things yet. Hearts are pure for such a short time; why would I look to change hers prematurely?
Some day she will learn about 9/11 and the attack on the Twin Towers. She will understand why our world changed forever that day. She will appreciate, deeply, what it means to be free in every sense of the word. She will realize what incredible sacrifices our armed forces make so that we can live the gloriously unrestricted ways that we do.
But for now, none of this comes close to mattering to her. Her biggest worries are what stuffed friends she is going to pack for our Disney trip this fall, what episode of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse will be shown this afternoon, and what kind of dinner I’ll serve tonight. That’s because we live in Franklin, WI. There are fortunately no visual reminders of what was taken from us 12 years ago today. We are unbelievably lucky that our family doesn’t know anyone directly affected by those horrors.
On every anniversary of 9/11 I have become extremely emotional. But now that Kyla is in our lives everything is more precious, more fragile. I am more aware than ever of life’s priceless beauty and our hard-won freedoms we enjoy. We take so many things for granted. I am proud to write a commemorative blog today. But I wish that our patriotism, sense of family, love of liberty and community involvement would remain as strong the other 364 days of the year.
When the time arrives to start teaching Kyla about one of the most tragic days in American history I will make sure she realizes that out of that horrific massacre, positive things also occurred. Babies were born that day; miraculous rescues happened; people came together in every sense of the word like never before. “Bipartisan” took on an entirely new meaning. So many innocent lives were taken but so many others became heroes in countless ways. Ultimately, the United States remained exactly that – UNITED. We lost so much that day… but we didn’t lose it all.
God bless us all.