Me: Did y’all talk about anything that happened in the news today at school?
Maddie: No, we never talk about stories from the news at my school.
Me: You didn’t hear about a guy named Osama bin Laden?
Maddie: No. I don’t know who…I don’t know that person.
Me: Well, he’s bad, but he was captured, so now he can’t be bad any more.
Maddie: Is he dead?
Maddie: Why did they make him dead?
Me: Because our country was upset that he led a bunch of people to attack–hurt–us nearly 10 years ago.
Maddie: So now that he’s dead, he can’t hurt anyone, right?
Me: Do you remember when I went away for several months, just before you turned 2?
Maddie: When I was a baby?
Maddie: I think I do.
Me: You were at the airport when I got back. Mommy was there, and your big sister, and my parents. I was the first person off my plane…a good 2 minutes ahead of anyone else getting off, because I was so eager to see you and your mommy again. The reason I had to go far, far away is because of what that bad man did 10 years ago.
Maddie: Were you there to kill people too?
Me: No. I worked with a hospital.
Maddie: What did you do at the hospital?
Me: Well, when people would get sick or hurt, the 38 doctors, nurses, and medical technicians who helped the hurt and sick people reported to me.
Maddie: So, you helped people get better?
Maddie: Daddy, are you going to have to go back there again?
Me: For the first time in 10 years, I don’t think I will have to go back there.
Maddie: That’s good. Do you think Mommy will make us pancakes tonight?