Me, beyond 7
The child is engaged in an act of building block construction
I am engaged in an act of survival, dodging traffic, keeping us alive
ASHER: Terrorists blew up the 2 towers.
ME: Yup. That was really sad.
ASHER: Are there still terrorists?
ME: Unfortunately, but we have highly trained soldiers fighting a war trying to stop them.
ASHER: Did you ever fight in a war?
ME: No, but my grandfather fought in World War 2.
ASHER: Did he fight terrorists?
ME: He fought Nazis. Which are kinda like terrorists only worse. And better dressed.
ASHER: What was his name?
ME: I called him "PaPa."
ASHER: No, what was his REAL name?
I started to cry.
I hadn't thought about my grandfather for a long (too long) time.
And here was my son asking about a man he never knew.
ASHER: What's wrong?
ME: Nothing. His name was Carlis. And he was a great and brave man.
ASHER: That's right. I've heard his name before.
The conversation then turned to Lego's and video games.