Many thanks to everyone who replied to my message last week.
We are currently in DC and have had a wonderful few days.
Staying in Foggy Bottom.. We have visited the White House, the memorials, Lincoln Memorial, Arlington Cemetery, Air and Space Museum, Mount Vernon and Alexandria.
And yes we also visited the National Holocaust Museum.
We started off in Daniels story which was truly excellent. Even for adults it is worth a visit as it gives a good overview of the timeline of events.
Then I asked DS 9 if he wanted to go the permanent exhibition... And he did. He handled it like a champ. We avoided the films "behind low walls"... Although DS 13 watched a couple and was visibly shocked.
The room of shoes and the railway wagon (which you walk through)... Meant the most to DS 9. Visual works better than walls of text ....
Then we crossed a bridge with a glass wall on which were written the names of the Jewish European communities which were completely (100%) obliterated!!! 4 were within a 10 minute drive of our home. That really brought things home to DS 9... As he know these towns.
We finally visited the remembrance room .. And lit candles in the Auschwitz section.. Whilst there we sat and read the stories of the "passports" of people we had been handed on arrival.
By focusing on the very visual elements and seeing an exhibit which relates directly to our daily lives (the lost communities).... DS 9 could relate and was moved by the experience... We have had no issues since our visit 3 days ago.
We actually saw even younger children there too!
I am so pleased we went and it was the right thing To do for our family.
Me = BS aged 43
It may not be right for every 9 year old but it worked for us... Am so glad we had the opportunity.
2 boys, 13 and 9
Confronted him 2/16/10
Finally Divorced 8/29/12
“We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.”