I told someone this week that I have enough experiences in my life in which I could remember where I was and what I was doing when it happened or I found out about it. Or that sickening feeling when you wake up and the radio is telling you that something awful has happened.
Korean War Truce signed: My Dad and I had a discussion about not eating all my lunch and the poor, starving children in Korea....I told him I would "pray for them". Next morning, he came in to wake me up with the newspaper, "TRUCE SIGNED" I was only seven, so I thought I had done it!
JFK: Anatomy class @ the University of Hawaii, 9-10am. My sisters and parents watching TV on Sunday and breaking into tears. My usually unaffectionate mother actually pulled her into her lap--she was ~ 11
I wish I could remember MLK, but..
RFK: 5:30 EST, my last week of nursing school
. 1/2 awake, I thought, if this ruins my graduation..OH, wait a minute, what'd he say?
September 25, 1976, I think. My birthday, I slept late even tho I was supposed to work, I had told the ohter Infection Control Nurse I would be late. Half dozing (again!), I heard the DJ--something about a plane crash in North Park, a neighborhood in San Diego, a PSA plane collided w/ a private plane on a flying lesson. Took out several blocks, including a couple of day cares. One casuallty, a fireman w/ a heart attack. But I did jump up and get dressed, and get down to the hospital. By the time I got to my office to grab my stethescope, we knew noone had survived.
Reagan's assassination attempt: woke up from Night shift this time @ the ususal 1pm. Went to watch the soap I used to watch til I could go back to sleep...
The Challenger: It's not a good sign when they break into the middle of a song on GMA to go the Cape. I'm getting ready to take my son to preschool, and I sit down on the bed, and start saying Oh no, oh no. Juan's eyes were big as saucers, and he started crying, too.
When I realize what your residents have been thru, God Bless Them and all of us!!