This is a picture my son, Elijah, drew on the evening of 9/11/2001. He was 5 years old at the time.
While we were watching the events unfold on TV, I asked him to take a break and go to his room for a while, and he drew this image.
I’m always amazed at the way children view the world – that he pieced all of the events together in a prescient moment; in part because that is the way he perceived it from viewing the unfolding events through the media, but another perspective is that by placing the planes apart from the buildings that it is an act of intellectual resistance – that it might be possible that either the event doesn’t actually occur or that it could somehow be prevented.
The image depicts a frozen moment in time before the world changed.