Thursday, April 21, 2011

Where were you?

Thinking about Thursday

Where were you?

Our lives are made
In these small hours
These little wonders
These twists and turns of fate
Time falls away,
But these small hours
These small hours
Still remain
Little Wonders~ Rob Thomas

This week represents the 16th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing. I was living in Oklahoma in 1995, working at a mall just outside the city. Like, September 11th, everyone in Oklahoma can tell you where they were when they heard about the bombing. 

So,  thinking about where I was lead me to thinking about where I was for other memorable events. 

April 19, 1995~ Studying for college finals with a guy I was DYING to have ask me out. My roommate had been at school taking a final. The school was evacuated. She literally burst into our house and turned on the TV.  My study partner jumped up, made a phone call to his National Guard commander and ran out the door. 
September 11, 2001~ Thanks to what I thought was the stomach flu (which was eventually revealed to be morning sickness), I was late for work and saw the first plane hit on TV. I went to school and spent the day trying to reassure my students. Calming their fears while hiding mine. 

But what about other moments in our lives? Moments that are only life changing for us? Our little wonders.
Leap from childhood to adolescence~ Standing in my parents kitchen, kissing a boy for the first time.

Moment of True Heartbreak~ Standing in Will Rogers airport, being told "I love you." Then, watching that person get on a plane and go back to his girlfriend.

Experiencing Paralyzing Fear~ Watching my two-year-old daughter jump from the third step of a metal bleacher, flip forward and land face first on a sidewalk before I could reach her. (She only had a bruise on her forehead. It was my heart that needed stitches!)

The minute I realized I was an adult and that pretty much sucked. ~ Holding a six week old baby, with a one- year- old playing at my feet while I stood in a hospital lobby, signing medical consent papers for both my parents to be treated. One for surgery for bladder cancer, the other to treated for a possible heart condition.

So, What little moments have formed your life? Where were you? 



Teri Anne Stanley said...

Wow, Dawn; Thanks for making me cry!
I was breastfeeding my first baby when the Waco tragedy happened. I was nursing the second when Oklahoma city was bombed (I remember this because all I could do during those days was sit on the couch and be a mother).

I was on the way to the library when I heard about the first plane hitting the WTC...I thought the DJ was being a drama queen about it (I imagined it was a biplane). I live in an airport flight path...It was eerily quiet for a few days, and we all stood outside with a mixture of joy and terror when the first planes started to go over again.

I was in my living room in my college apartment when I watched the Challenger explode.

I remember when I got to kiss the first boy I really really liked, in a black and white chair in my parent's living room (yeah, I snuck him in, I was home alone...). Sigh. Best. Kiss. Ever.

I was sitting in a friend's driveway when I swore to always love my high school boyfriend...and because of that, it took me about a year to acknowledge that I DIDN'T love him anymore.

Wow, great post, lots of food for thought!

Loree Huebner said...

Great post! Got me thinking.

I remember where I was during the big moments in life and history since I was born.

I remember that I was very emotional during 911 and was watching the Today show when it happened. I had a hunch right away that the plane crash was not an accident, and watched in horror (I remember screaming out loud) as I saw, live on TV, that second plane hit the other tower. I still get chills thinking about it.

Dawn Alexander said...

Wow, Teri and Loree, thanks for sharing your memories. I am glad you enjoyed the post. It is amazing the details that stick with us. It makes me wonder what my children will remember when they are my age.