Osama Bin Laden Gone, Now What? One Mother's Worries
I remember where exactly I was when I heard that there had been a terrorist activity in New York. I turned on the television, and like the rest of America, I was in complete shock at what I was seeing on TV. The horror of what was going on and the uncertainty of what to expect shook me as an American and a human. I was not yet a parent at that time, but I recall watching all those children and parents who were in so much pain. Little hands waving American flags and little eyes crying big tears.
Tonight while out playing with my kids in the back yard, my mother called and told me to turn on the tv. Her tone of voice was hauntingly familiar. The president was making a press release, which you can view here;.
The President’s statement was basically that Osama Bin Laden was dead and the body was in American custody. Several comments were made about the justice of what had happened. And while I agree, I find myself worried for my family about what could possibly happen next.
A travel alert was placed today for all Americans to limit unneeded foreign travel due to the chance of terrorist activity. As a mother, I find this worrisome because who knows what Osama has instilled in the minds of his followers in the last ten years that he has been in hiding. Should we be prepared for a backdraft of activities? Should I be worried about my children? I feel that my American government will keep us safe, but at the same time I remember the images of the families from 9/11 and I wonder about the future.
So I will keep everything calm in my house, and watch the news in waiting like the rest of Americans. I am hopeful that we can end this reign of fear and go on with our lives. I am hopeful that by the time my little children grow old enough to understand these activities, I won’t have to be talking about current events when I explain what happened.Continued on the next page