When my ex-wife takes the children home from playgroup she puts on the news. The children like it. The local news is full of stuff about trains, farming and traffic and roads and so they see… erm, trains, tractors and cars. Lots of cars. Different modes of transport and, as you know, kids love that stuff.
They also like the weather. I put the TV on last night and caught the best bit of the local news. The weather forecast. It’s the best bit as the weather person on Look East is a total, cast iron, 100% fitty. I’ve posted a picture above lest you not believe me. Plus I couldn’t find an image I wanted to put with this post that would be appropriate.
So last night we had the end of the news on and I was distracted from lusting over the sight of Alex in her tight red dress as T was pointing to the map and saying ‘Look Daddy! This is where we live! And it’s going to be a lovely day! Seventeen. Fifteen. Look. The sun!’
This is good isn’t it? The news is educational. This is good.
I’ve just sent an email to my ex-wife asking her to not put on the TV tonight. I’m probably being silly but today is September 11th and a day which will always be known for a horrific act of violence. A moment when the world changed. And not in a good way.
I can only think to myself how I feel when I see the footage again. Sick. Shocked, again. As shocked as I was the first time I saw it. As I was when all this news came out and tore apart my headbox and all that sat nicely in it. This moment which caused the death of so many people immediately, and many more in the years to come.
I can imagine, to a 3 year old, seeing this footage by accident might be exciting. A plane flying fast into a building. Quick Cut. Another plane flying into another building. Explosions. Quick cut. Building falling down. Fire engines moving at speed. Sirens wailing. WOO WOO WOO!
WOW! To a 3 year old? WOW!
Then the cut to the people screaming. The rubble. The dust and people running. The fear. The utter fear on everyone’s faces. The shrieks, the screams. The utter horror of it all.
Look East, might not have a piece about this. But you never know. If a Belgian man found a frozen Mammoth in Siberia, Look East would probably try to cover it from a local angle, and find some tenuous connection to make it newsworthy.
“A Belgian man who once spent four hours in STEVENAGE has recently unearthed a frozen Mammoth in…”
You get the picture. It’s local news.
And so, today, I can’t be sure that Look East wouldn’t find a story about someone local who died in this tragic event. Or someone who knew someone who did. Or someone who was on holiday who tells their recollection of what they were doing at this time. And then they show the footage. The footage that no-one wants to see again but news producers seem to have a bizarre fascination with.
My children have enough time in their lives to learn of the horrors of this world. The world is a scary place at times and, they travel on planes quite frequently. Soon their mummy will be flying to the US for work. I don’t want them seeing this, and hearing that, and suddenly having nightmares.
I don’t want them seeing it full stop. Not now.
Am I being over protective? All comments and views would be very welcome.