Conversation (last week) between my husband and me (by cell phone) while I was on my way to the doctor's office to discuss my migraines:
Me: Hi, are you busy? Because NPR is on in the car and I'm freaking out a little bit.
Him: Ok, what's up?
Me: There are bombs. And... Yemen. And... Greece. And... planes with engines failing. We are safe here. Here. The kids are safe.
Him: It will be ok. I know, I worry about safety too. We will be ok.
Me: Are we crazy? Citizen of the world, what crap!! What are we doing? Well, I better go, I'm driving and talking illegally. That's not safe. Bye.
Him: Um, ok, bye.
Later, at the doctor's office, she asks me how everything (besides the headaches) is. And I laugh. Then I say, "There are bombs. And Yemen. And Greece. And planes with engines failing. And I don't know what it means to 'duck and cover.' And a lot of people in the world don't like Americans. And it's been over a year of being in limbo. And the kids like to climb trees and what if there are no trees..."
So, yeah, I'm sure I'm not the only one who's had these crazy fears, right? Can I wrap each child in bubble wrap?