I am still connected to my television... I have this amazing need to know what's going on, and am shocked at some of the images I am seeing. This morning it looked like the streets of Sarajevo... a body amidst the rubble... a hum-v with weapons on the roof sitting near the rubble... this is real life? This is New York? Sitting here thousands of miles away I feel hopeless and disconnected, and am still in complete and utter disbelief. My heart breaks for everyone who has gone through this and/or has lost someone in this mess. And, those people who managed to call their loved ones before their planes crashed... my God, can you imagine how it felt to be on either side of that call? I just can't believe all of this ... I keep hoping it's a bad dream... but even nightmares only last so long.
I keep hearing people say "you'll never forget where you were when you heard about the attack on September 11, 2001. Just like many people will never forget where they were when JFK was shot, or when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon." Well, I wasn't around for those events, but I've compiled a list of things I remember clearly; and where I was when they occurred... some are not as significant in the realm of what happened yesterday, but they are moments that affected me in some way.
January 28, 1986 The Challenger Explodes.
I was in the 3rd grade, and had just walked into Mrs. Chinn's class, she immediately turned on the tv and told us to "hush-up". I remember that she was so sad, because she had been talking for a while before the event about how Christa Mcauliffe was a teacher, and a civilian and was the first of either to be permitted on a space shuttle mission. I had seen her picture in my mom's People magazines... but had a hard time understanding what had actually happened until I was older.
October 3, 1995 The OJ verdict (part 1)
I was at work; at Southtown Preschool. It was mid-day as I recall, and it was cold. I had about 40 kids out on the playground by myself; as most of the other staff was gathered around the television set inside the building. I had a transister radio up to my ear and paced around the kids, silently praying for a guilty verdict. When they declared him not-guilty, my heart sank... I was completely and utterly disappointed.
December 18, 1997 Chris Farley is found Dead
I was at work, at Athletic Supply. I was listening to the radio, and heard the dj announce it... I was dumbfounded, absolutely couldn't believe it.
February 4, 1997 The OJ Simpson verdict (Part deux)
I will never forget the elation and joy I felt when I watched the reporter hold up to the window the verdicts in the civil trial. I had read "His Name was Ron" by the Goldman Family (An excellent book by the way) and was overcome with dismay at how OJ had managed to get out of a guilty verdict in the criminal trial. (They outline all of the evidence in the book) I actually cried when I saw Fred Goldman make a statement after the verdict.
November 20, 1995 Sergei Grinkov dies.
I was completely head over heels in love with figure skating around this time. I could name just about every known ice skater, and tell you if they were amateur or professional, what awards they had won, where they were from, what their specialty was... completely into it. I also was in love with my favorite couple; Ekaterina Gordeeva and Sergei Grinkov, and when I came home from work one night, and my mom told me Sergei had passed away from a heart attack (at age 28), I felt like I had been punched in the stomach.
October 18,1995 Mariners earn the Pennant!
I was babysitting, Ed and Andrea (older sis and husband of a friend) decided they wanted to be in Pioneer Square if we won, and so I was at their house, glued to my television set...and when they won, I was screaming and celebrating; and could hear everyone else in their apartment building celebrating as well.
August 30, 1997 Princess Diana Dies
I was getting ready to go on an impromptu camping trip; with Tatum, Julian and Peter... I saw a news flash that she had been in an accident, and immediately began praying for her recovery. We spent one night in the woods, and decided to come home the next day; I had said several prayers for her all night... and when we pulled into the gas station and I saw the headline: PRINCESS DI DEAD I felt like an aunt had died. Because my mom was a 'royal watcher' and because she bought tabloid magazines all the time, I almost felt like I knew Princess Diana... I stayed up all night to watch her funeral, and cried my eyes out... I even sent a card to William and Harry.
April 20, 1999 Columbine Tragedy
This is another story that made me cry; the footage was so horrible and magnetic... you couldn't help but watch.
Well, that's about all I have for now; let's keep praying they find more survivors over there in New York. Be careful, and Be safe.