I was just reading over the timeline of events in regard to the Japanese nuclear crisis and I wonder; what will K- have learned from this?
I was 5 1/2 when Three Mile Island happened. Other than knowing it was a bad thing, I didn't know what had happened. I mean, at 5, how could you?
Chernobyl happened when I was 12. I understood the gravity of the situation better, but I pulled away from that just bits and pieces of bad feeling.
Now, ask me about the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster and I can tell you where I was at and what was going on. Is that because the news was more understandable? I mean, it was only a few months ahead of Chernobyl, but I remember it clearly. The disaster footage was played over and over and I could more understand the impact of that since it wasn't an abstract concept like nuclear disasters can be.
By the way, I was in the 7th grade when the Challenger disaster and Chernobyl happened. The 7th grade was divided into "teams." The team that I was not on (AKA 1/2 of the 7th grade) watched the shuttle take off, where the rest of us were learning other things.
The kids watched it blow up. I think that none of them will ever forget that.
I pray with K- about Japan. She knows that the earthquake happened and the resulting tsunami came in. I haven't touched on the nuclear side of things with her. I think that it might just be something that will worry her and keep her awake.
How much do you share with a first grader?
Smiles in my day:
- Leprechaun is one of K-'s bonus spelling words and bless her heart, the kid can spell it. Hubs said that she can now officially spell better than him.
- Looking forward to corned beef tomorrow. I love it, but only eat it once a year. This year, I'll be trying my hand at making my own. I'm kind of excited. I've never made it before, but my sister has given me full instruction. Yum!
Have a great day!