I used to pride myself on keeping my my children in a bubble. For years, I’ve forgone the television and radio so that they would never even hear a news update. In the car, we only listen to comedy- and if we watch television at home, we watch only children’s stations.
If we’re out and about- let’s say at a synagogue service and the rabbi starts in on his sermon- we’re out the door in a flash. When the kids attend Hebrew school, I’m one step ahead of the curriculum and make sure my kids are out of the room during any homeland updates.
And if it wasn’t for my child’s social studies teacher, she’d have never heard of September 11th. Sure, you’re probably thinking, you can’t keep them from the world’s news; it’s unhealthy and unrealistic.
Well, hold onto your hat, because in the past week my children can name every cast member on CNN Live, MSNBC and of course the local news stations. In fact, I didn’t even know who Dr. Anthony Fauci or Peter Alexander were until my children pointed them out.
To make matters even worse- worse than knowing the latest death tolls around the world and certainly within our own state, was this:
Scene: Only Rochelle and Hubby are in the bedroom; quietly having a conversation.
Me: (whispering to hubby) I just got off the phone with the doctor.
Hubby: (whispering to me) What did he say?
Me: (whispering to hubby) He thinks it could be sarcoidosis.
Hubby: (whispering to me) What’s that?
Daughter: (in the hall) Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory disease that affects multiple organs in the body, but mostly the lungs and lymph glands. In people with sarcoidosis, abnormal masses or nodules (called granulomas) consisting of inflamed tissues form in certain organs of the body.