Sunday, January 29, 2012

Can You Believe That Was 26 Years Ago?



Where were you when the Challenger blew up 26 years ago?  Or were you even born yet?  I was in the first grade and can honestly say I was profoundly impacted.  I think about those astronauts often and wonder how the family of Christa McAuliffe is doing today.

It's so odd the things that prove to be long-lasting, major life moments.

12 comments:

amanda said...

I was in first grade too-we must be the same age. I think it's such a profound memory because it's one of the first times I remember something bad happening. I wonder what it was like for our teachers-turning it on television expecting an exciting moment and opening up a world of fear and confusion. What a horrible tragedy...

suburban prep said...

I am aging myself when I state that I had just graduated from college and I was at my parent's home as I did not have a job yet. I was ironing in the kitchen as it was snowy out and I have a hard time relaxing. This came on the television and it was heartbreaking.

Ruth said...

I was in the 2nd grade at lunch. We went from there to recess and when we got back our teacher wasn't there which was strange and then she came in bawling. I can't believe it has been that long

MCW said...

I was sitting in St. Marys watching it on TV. Crazy it was that long ago...

K said...

I was an adult when the shuttle blew up, but my junior high school in Colorado Springs is now called Challenger Junior High. When I attended, it was called Air Academy Junior High.

I'm new to your blog. I found you through A Place Called Simplicity. I, too, had a great desire to be a mother, but decided to live a rich, full life no matter what and be happy, for I knew that I couldn't be happy with anyone else if I couldn't be happy alone. Then, a few years later, I heard the Still Small Voice whisper in my ear, "Your daughter is in China." It took me some time to figure out what this meant, but I now have a beautiful daughter from China and I'm adopting again.

I also sew, and enjoyed looking at all the things you've made. I need to get on the ball and start sewing like crazy to raise money for my next adoption. I just don't know what people will buy these days. Since becoming a mom, I'm a bit out of touch with the rest of the world.

Elizabeth said...

I was in first grade too...who would have thought that would be the first of many times we would watch such a horrible event on tv in school.

Willy's Auntie said...

I was leaving the bathroom on my way to my college class when a colleague told me. I thought she was joking with me - she wasn't. The explosion was a tragedy and I trust the families have found peace in their lives.

Jennifer said...

I wasn't born yet, but I remember hearing about it often when I was a kid. I guess just people remembering it...so it is crazy to me to think I wasn't born yet. I was born in 88. It is so so tragic.

Susan R said...

I was in college and a group of us sat around "the square" watching it take off. It was horrible. We all sat there staring at each other wondering "was that supposed to happen?" or "wait, oh no, did the shuttle just......?"
Nothing happened in classes that day.
On a different note...why am I always older than everyone else in a group of people? Y'all were in 1st and 2nd grade? I'm old enough that I can barely remember 1st or 2nd grade. Darn it.

Eve Stein said...

This is one of those few events from my childhood that I still remember fairly clearly! I remember participating in nomination for teachers... and I remember our teacher rolling the tv into our classroom while the kids from the class next door came over to share the big moment. We all sat at desks or on the floor and since it was such a special event, we even had popcorn.
Shortly after the televised disaster, school closed early for the day and we were all sent home.

A couple of years ago, my daughter was watching Punky Brewster on DVD for the first time. I had forgotten that there was an episode where Punky witnesses the shuttle disaster, and after watching that episode, she came crying to me to tell me just how sad and horrible that it all was and she was even more shocked when I explained that it was a real life event - and that I had been Punky's age when I also watched the same tragedy unfold on TV.

Buford Betty said...

Also in 1st grade. I was on a school field trip at a local Coca-Cola bottling plant. They let us try "New Coke." If you remember, it was crap. We watched the launch on a small TV on a rolling cart. When the shuttle blew, one of the boys in my class goes, "COOL!" The teacher promptly explained how it was indeed NOT cool.

One Preppy Cookie said...

I too was in first grade and had stayed home from school sick that day. I will never forget watching it on the couch with my mom. Incredibly sad.

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