Monday, November 18, 2013

Beginning of the End

I am attempting to post with the iPain.  We shall see how far I get.  I wish I was sharing a nice recipe or craft, but my thoughts the past few days have been on the 50th Anniversary of JFK's assassination.

In the movie, When Harry Met Sally, Billy Crystal asks his much younger  girlfriend where she was when Kennedy was shot.  She responds, "Ted Kennedy was shot?"  Everyone laughed, but generations  after us never think about, or even care very much.  They will have to Google it, I guess.

I was in the fourth grade, 9 years old, and I remember that Friday. So vividly.  We were in the middle of a lesson when the Assistant Principal, Mr. Klein, rushed into our classroom and whispered something to our teacher, Mrs. Steckler.  She immediately burst  into tears.  We were immediately dismissed.  The words "President Kennedy was shot" were ringing in my ears, although at the tender age of 9, I had a more pressing issue at the moment:  how was I to walk home from school, crossing three large avenues, with no adult supervision?   I had no way of contacting my mother, who was expecting me to get out at 3 PM.  I just plodded on home, looking both ways when I crossed the avenues, running as fast as I could to reach the other side.

When I arrived home, I found my mother and aunt sitting in front of our tv, crying.  They were both shocked to see me walk through the door.  I started crying, too, in the way a child does when she sees her mother crying.

I had no idea that history had just been made, nor that our country was changed, and that life as we knew it and enjoyed it would be no more.

I have often thought to myself that our country was so changed, and just kind of went downhill from there.

 My father loved JFK, they were 2 years apart in age, and both fought in WW II.

I wonder if their paths crossed then, or perhaps in Heaven?

xo

Apologies for crazy fonts and sizing, it is tough to control anything on here, and auto spell is making me nuts, for real!


31 comments:

  1. Hi lovely lady.
    I love your story about JFK. My family loved him also. This was a sad day for are country. I hope you have a wonderful week with your family.
    xxoo
    Diane

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  2. Your post instantly took me back to my childhood family room where my mother was ironing when she heard this news. The sense of shock and disbelief on her face as she set the iron down and sat herself down too is something that has stuck with me all these years. I was in kindergarten then and don't have a lot of memories from that time, but this moment will not be forgotten.
    Such a different world we lived in then.
    You did a good job with your post today.

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  3. I remember that sad day well...I was a senior in high school and had skipped classes to go visit a friend. It wasn't until later in the afternoon that I found out. I really believe it changed our country forever.

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  4. I love your story about JFK . I wish you the best
    Kisses
    Alessandra

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  5. Isn't it odd that we all have such vivid memories of that day? I guess because it was such a tragic, world changing event. There are several events like that that I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing. I had just started my first job and was on my way back to work from lunch. I turned around and went back home to get a portable tv to take back to work. Our world is in a sad state of affairs and I think everyone thinks if JFK would have lived, things would be different. We'll never know, will we?

    Judy

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  6. I was 13 and in Jr High school. They called the teacher and she announced it to the class. I remember we were dismissed to go out to the ball fields and groups were gathered and many girls, including myself were crying. We watched the TV non stop for days! I agree, it changed our country forever.

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  7. wow...I don't know which of our schools showed poorer judgement...yours sending children home without notifying parents or mine parking children in front of tvs for a live history lesson. (I was home sick on the sofa.)

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  8. I don't remember actual events of that day since I had just turned 2. But what I do remember if you can call it a memory, was that I recall feeling as if something was wrong...a wrong kind of "things were not normal" feeling. I suppose the closest surreal feeling I can remember having was when the twin towers went down...that feeling that our world as we knew it would never be the same again.

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  9. Such a sad, sad time for our country. I remember it very well. I was in a department store in the small town where I was working and living when a friend told me President Kennedy had just been shot. I was glued to my landlady's TV set, as was she, for the following days.
    xo

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  10. I remember that day like it was yesterday. It was my sister 's second birthday and I saw it on TV. I was only 5 but had a big crush on JFK and was heartbroken.

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  11. I was working at my first real job after graduation as a receptionist at a publishing company. My boss came and told me and he was pale. Before leaving my desk he said, "I'm very afraid for our country." And so I was too.

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  12. It seems that everyone who is old enough remembers this vividly. I was only 3 years old, but my mother had told me that maybe one day we could go to visit the White House. My first thought when I heard that President Kennedy had died was that I wouldn't be able to see him at the White House. It seems silly, but that's exactly what I thought.

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  13. I remember that day well. I was in Sear going up the elevator and when we go off everyone was standing around crying and looking at the television. I asked what happened and I was so shocked that I paid by bill and hurried home to tell my husband. We loved Kennedy and our son was almost the same age as John John. Our son knew that something was wrong. We never left the TV - so sad.

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  14. Barbara, what a tender post, sharing your thoughts and actions on that fateful and awful day. I, too, remember that day. I was working at a bank in Atlanta and the shopkeeper next door came in and told us. We couldn't believe it. What a sad day that was for our nation.
    I also remember where I was when the terrorists downed four planes plunging our nation into shock and disbelief.
    Seems each senseless act of horror destroys a little more of the fabric of our lives.
    Thanks for a touching post.
    xoxo Ginger

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  15. Such a touching post Barbara. I do remember that day. I was in Junior high school in the locker room. Such a very sad time and so so senseless. xo Linda

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  16. I still tear whenever I think of that day when John F. Kennedy was taken from us, much to soon for the vibrant young man he was. We will all remember that day. I cry for his brother Bobby too. So much tragedy for one family. So much tragedy for our country.

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  17. I was a freshman in high school and was in my health class when we found out. I remember being glued to the TV set over the next days, Barbara. It seems like yesterday, doesn't it?

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  18. Very nice post....I have no recollection of that day...which is odd since I remember exactly where I was when I saw the headline on the Daily News in NJ that Marilyn MOnroe died...how strange.

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  19. Dearest Barbara;
    Oh, I was 8 years old then!!! Although I was just a little girl not having much knowledge about your great president, the news gave me such a big impact on me. And your words connecting him with your father was really touched me and almost in tears, my friend!

    ps> Thank you so much for your sweet words for me. Taking much more time than we expected for formalities p;)
    Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan to my dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

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  20. I do know for our generation it will always remain a defining moment. My husband and I were both remembering where we were and what we were doing when this happened. Big hugs...

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  21. Barbara, I do remember that day so well. I am older, than you and I certainly understood what was happening. I had left school early that day. My aunt was visiting and she and my sister got into the car to go shopping. In a few minutes they returned, after hearing the horrible report on the radio in the car. We just could not believe the news. What a sad, sad day.

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  22. I pain, lol! I don't know how to do a post from mine.
    Yes, I remember it well. It is interesting to read about some of the details now. Being a Catholic it amazes me how many hated him because of his religion. I guess being young when it happened I never thought about it. Very tragic family, the Kennedy clan.

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  23. Nice post Barb. I remember being home sick with the measles and watching everything on tv. I was only 6 but I remember it. My husband was in gym class when word spread, sadness and shock everywhere.

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  24. I love Kennedy too, Barbara, my favorite of them all. I was still in the Philippines when it happened.....Christine

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  25. I guess you did not get your computer fixed, if you are using your iPad to blog, Barbara? I have been struggling with learning Windows 8 on my new laptop --lol--I think we are in the same boat with computer headaches!

    I was in fifth grade when President Kennedy was assassinated. I wrote my memories ion my facebook pages. It was such a sad day for America!

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  26. I have heard others talk about that day. I was too young to remember. I can't imagine the grief and shock the nation felt that day, It seems impossible that 50 years have passed.

    (And I really am going to try to get caught up with my favorite blogs. I have been trying to get my head straight. Maybe this crooked head will just be crooked forever.)

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  27. I was 6 months pregnant with our son when it happened and we were visiting my mother in law when we heard the news.
    Mr. Sweet and I both cried, off and on, all day long yesterday, while watching all the tributes.

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  28. I think each of us has a date in history that we will never forget. While I wasn't born when Kennedy was shot I have come to know him and his family as tireless men who wanted to change the world. I do remember when Regan was shot and of course 9/11. Such events can't help but shape us.

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  29. I remember it vividly. I was 11. I wrote about it as well and said the same thing you did. I think the country changed changed after that. We lost a sense of hope, I think.

    xo
    Claudia

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  30. Hi lovely lady.
    Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my post for Thanksgiving" I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family..
    xxoo
    Diane

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  31. I remember that day, too. I was in second grade and I had been feeling badly because I realized that I had dropped the new Chapstick I begged my parents for on the walk to school. Shortly thereafter the principal came on the loudspeaker and informed us of the tragedy. It was a sad day for sure.

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