(Kveller via JTA) – I don’t know what to tell my eight-year-old.
My 15-year-old was the one who told me about the horrific shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday morning. She’s got her phone set up for auto alerts from CNN, so she had the details before I did. Which isn’t unusual for her: She monitors the news, the commentary, the analysis. She’s not shocked or surprised – or even all that phased by it, really. This is what she’s used to.
Since 2016, my girl has lost her political innocence. People shoot Jews. They shoot everyone, really, but the fact that Jews are singled out is no surprise for her. She’s a high school sophomore coming of age in the era of Parkland and of the JCC bomb threats. Of Charlottesville. I think back, trying to remember when she became so inured to all of this. I think it was Parkland that changed things for her. It had to. How else would she have gone into school the next day? We’re raising a generation of kids who are so used to these shootings, they’ve accepted the horror. She’s waiting for the day when she’s old enough to vote, old enough to make a difference. She tells me that it’ll get better, her generation is going to be the most politically active one yet. I hope she’s right.
But my baby – my eight-year-old – I still don’t know how to tell her about what happened. [Read more…]