Everyone else is doing one. So here is mine. This is also the last time I am logging on today.
There are a few things in everyone’s life that they will always remember with a clarity that almost seems supernatural. Our brains are not meant to remember things that clearly. At least that is what I believe. Yet, every generation has its moment of “I remember exactly what I was doing when ‘this’ or ‘that’ happened.”
9/11 and the Challenger are mine. I know the Columbia explosion should be in there, but that disaster is really a blur in my mind. I won’t forget it, but I do not remember it as clearly as the Challenger. The Challenger was the first time I recall feeling a shock so big I couldn’t express it. I was in 4th grade. We heard about it as we were walking from gym class to the cafeteria. One of the twins told me (don’t remember his name) and I told him he was sick for making such a terrible joke.
I had just seen the Challenger on her launch pad about a month before from a distance. My family had traveled to FL from MN for a winter vacation. The shuttle was supposed to have gone up while we were there, but they kept delaying due to frost and bad weather.
On September 11, 2001… I walk into work and someone tells me to look at the tv. I walk into the customer lounge in time to see the 2nd plane hit. It took me a few minutes to understand what had happened. I called my apartment to tell my husband to wake up and watch the tv. There had been a terrorist attack in New York.
We were due to go on vacation that day. To Olympia. A lot of our friends and coworkers advised us not to go as that was Washington’s capitol city. What if there were more attacks planned? We went anyway. I am glad we did. We spent that time with our friends in Olympia. It wasn’t exactly a great vacation, but it was a better way for us to spend that tragic time than sitting on our own in our apartment would have been.
It is now the 10th anniversary of that awful event. I find that I still have the same grief now as I had at that time. I do not need reminders. My tv is off and my computer will be off. I don’t need the constant reminding. I remember well enough.