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Julie Gilkay: Going behind the headlines

10:59 AM, Sep. 26, 2013  |  Comments
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I'm raising a news junkie.

Ben, who loves to watch the news, likes to talk the talk.

He gets his fix at school through CNN Student News and often will read the newspaper at home, look up stories online and watch the national news. Keeping up with the world of sports goes hand in hand. The news, he says, "is his favorite show."

The best part is he is quite informed - not just about local events but about national and world ones, too. He is particularly interested to see where the situation goes in Syria, what the United States and other countries will do and how Syria will respond if any action is taken.

I'm glad he likes to flush out the stories with us, too. When you are a child, you sometimes need an explanation, reassurance and in some cases perspective on what you take in.

Through our conversations I can see he understands what makes the news so fascinating: There are people behind every story. Some are normal people thrust into unimaginable circumstances who emerge a hero. Some are seemingly normal people who for some reason or another do something unexplainable. All, for better or worse, are intriguing.

After watching the news, it's the people Ben likes to talk about - a couple from Colorado who was separated by the flooding only to be reunited after the help of a stranger, the woman who still feels the sorrow of 9/11 and weeps in a heap at a memorial, the New Jersey governor who was devastated after the destruction of the newly built boardwalk.

With so many stories of loss dominating headlines, I hope he gains insight and the right outlook through his viewing and reading.

There's a place in your thoughts for the people who do harm, but there's a bigger place in your heart for those whose stories make us feel, stir us to act, humble us, drive us to do better or to appreciate what we have.

That's the bigger story.

- Julie Gilkay: 920-993-1000, ext. 319, or jgilkay@postcrescent.com. On Twitter @JulieGilkay. She is the mother of Benjamin, 12, Grace, 10, and Lucas, 8.

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