My daughter was 100 days old on September 11, 2001. I remember because we were planning to go out to a Korean restaurant that night with family and friends to celebrate (a traditional Korean custom). We lived in Chelsea at the time, over 20 blocks north of the World Trade Center.
We didn't go out to dinner that night. By the time evening fell, the streets were empty. That image still haunts me -- the streets of NYC were empty.
I told my daughter about the empty streets the other day when she asked me the inevitable question: "What was it like?" Her eyes widened. "Empty?"
Explaining to my kids what the city looked like and felt like on that day is easy compared to answering the question of "Why did the terrorists attack?"
For help with that one, I consulted Marie Kieran, PhD, a child psychologist who specializes in helping kids cope with traumatic experiences.
Here's what she told me: