9/11 Through the Eyes of Kids Born in 2001

11 Sep


I was going to title this post, Remembering 9/11 but that would be wrong because 9/11 to me, is a history lesson. I was born in December of 2001, just three months after the horrible events that occurred fifteen years ago on 9/11. My generation will not remember it, but we can learn from it.

I was asked to participate in a round-table discussion on NPR’s Here & Now program last week. Myself and two other kids who were born in 2001 were asked to come on and talk about what we know and have learned from 9/11. It is part of a series Here & Now did, reflecting on 9/11 fifteen years later.

To hear the podcast of the round-table interview, click HERE. You can also access the other segments of the series on 9/11 there.

Although my generation will not remember 9/11, I can honestly say; we will not forget.

18 Responses to “9/11 Through the Eyes of Kids Born in 2001”

  1. Genevieve Petrillo September 11, 2016 at 10:25 am #

    Well said, E.

    Love and licks,


    • ThisKidReviewsBooks September 16, 2016 at 8:24 pm #

      Thank you, C. Were you born by 9/11?


      • Genevieve Petrillo September 17, 2016 at 6:32 am #

        I wasn’t born yet, E. Mom was busy being a 3rd grade teacher and she had a dog named Smoki back then.


      • ThisKidReviewsBooks September 29, 2016 at 6:52 pm #

        Did your mom or Smoki know what was going on then – Or was your mom in the middle of teaching and didn’t hear about it immediately?


      • Genevieve Petrillo September 30, 2016 at 11:46 am #

        Mom was in the middle of teaching her kids and the secretary came in and whispered it in her ear. The first plane had just happened so it was still a possibility that it was an accident. The secretary actually asked if Mom wanted to put it on the TV to show the kids. Mom said, “NO! They’re too little so watch something like that.” Little did they know what was to come. It was a horrible day, and the kids’ parents came and picked most of them up by lunchtime.


      • ThisKidReviewsBooks October 2, 2016 at 12:36 pm #

        That’s probably good that your mom didn’t show it to them. The kids are probably thankful.


  2. jama September 11, 2016 at 11:20 am #

    Great job, Erik! Especially liked your excellent point about how we’re all more fearful of outsiders since the attack. Proud of you!


  3. Olivia September 11, 2016 at 12:57 pm #

    This is so great!


  4. Jemima Pett September 12, 2016 at 7:13 am #

    Good work, Erik. I was born a long time ago, but after WW2, and nobody’s ever suggested I can’t ‘remember’ the fallen or the bravery in that. But we seem to have trouble remembering the lessons. Keep trying, though.

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  5. Patricia Tilton September 12, 2016 at 9:03 am #

    I loved your post. The MG novel I reviewed recently “Towers Falling” was written for kids too young to remember. It is history for you, but it has had an influence on your life as you see what is going on in the world every day. You generation will be protecting our nation and its values and promoting peace tomorrow. I was born after WW II, so for me it was ancient history. I grew up in the 50s and it was a time of growth and innocence.


    • ThisKidReviewsBooks September 16, 2016 at 8:30 pm #

      It is odd how much the world can change in less than one hundred years. I will look into Towers Falling.


  6. lynnkelleyauthor September 13, 2016 at 1:02 am #

    Wow, Erik, you are so articulate and mature. You sound so much older than your age. Nice job with the interview. It was really cool to hear your take on 9/11 and also the other two kids in the round-table discussion.

    I hope and pray your generation and those to come never have to witness an attack on our country like 9/11. We have to “band together” like you said in the interview.


    • ThisKidReviewsBooks September 16, 2016 at 8:36 pm #

      Thank you Ms. Kelley. I hope that there is never a tragedy such as 9/11 ever again, no matter how unlikely it may seem.


  7. Sue Morris @ KidLitReviews September 17, 2016 at 8:50 am #

    Nice job, Erik. Your views were so well articulated. NPR made a good choice asking you on their show. Is there anything you do not do nowadays? Very proud of you my friend.


    • ThisKidReviewsBooks September 29, 2016 at 6:56 pm #

      Thank you Ms. Morris! That means a lot to me. 😀 (and, I cannot go cross-eyed!) 😉


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