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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

And Then We Cried...



Tomorrow is the anniversary of the Oklahoma City Alfred P. Murrah Building bombing.

After the events of this past week with Jamie Rose Bolin, emotions are easily brought to the surface.


There were 168 people killed. 19 of them were children.

30 children were orphaned and 219 children lost at least one parent.


I was at home at 9:02 A.M. on April 19, 1995. I was homeschooling at the time and living outside of Guthrie, Oklahoma. We were a good 50 miles away from downtown Oklahoma City.

We heard a muffled boom, then the house shook slightly and the windows rattled.

Thinking that it was some form of distant thunder, perhaps a sonic boom(?), I looked outside to see bright blue skies.

I then turned on the television...

and the horrifying story began to unfold before our very eyes.


First there is shock and disbelief...

Then there is action...

Followed by emotional and physical exhaustion...

And then we cried.





Thank you to the 12,384 volunteers and rescue workers.

Especially to Rebecca Anderson who died rescuing survivors from the rubble.







The photograph was awarded a Pulitzer Prize and was taken by Charles H. Porter, IV.





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4 Comments:

Blogger Pattie said...

TJ,
It is hard to believe it has been 11 years since that awful day. That photo still brings tears to my eyes.
I remember that day, too. I was working in the hospital and one of the families I was caring for had the tv on. They talked about "terrorism"...what? In this country? That only happened OTHER places.
When they arrested Timothy McVay, I looked at him and thought "he doesn't LOOK like a terrorist." But then again, what does one look like? I couldn't understand what would drive another person to carry out such a heinous crime, particularly against innocent people.

I'm sure today is a very sad day for many families in the Oklahoma City area. My thoughts are with them today.

April 19, 2006 4:27 AM  
Blogger Dreaming again said...

The day Oklahoma became the center of the universe ... and we as a country realized how much we loved and needed each other.

April 19, 2006 12:29 PM  
Blogger It's me, T.J. said...

At times it seems that it was just a short time ago...

Then at other times it seems almost surreal and far away.

What is really strange is that today's weather seems almost identical to that fateful day, bringing the memories so much closer to the surface.

What a beautiful day today is.

later...

April 19, 2006 12:51 PM  
Anonymous Moof said...

TJ ... thank you for reminding us. I agree with Pattie ... it seems so hard to believe that it was 11 years ago. Now we know it was only the herald of worse things to come.

When I saw that photo, the name "Baylie!" came into my mind immediately. Some things are not obliviated by time ... :(

Thank you again.

April 19, 2006 1:24 PM  

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