Tuesday, December 7, 2010

A Day to Remember

There comes a time in everyone's life when it's possible to recall exactly where you were and what you were doing on a given day of extraordinary events.

Other than personal stuff like births and deaths, the two that come to mind for me are the day John Kennedy was assassinated and Sept. 11, 2001.

But for older folks--even older than me--like those I visit at an assisted living facility, one of those days is most certainly the bombing of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

I remember my parents telling me about it numerous times to the point where even though it was a little over a year before my birth I remember what they were doing.

It was a Sunday morning and they were sitting around the kitchen table. In our family the kitchen was a common gathering place.

They were listening to the radio and reading the Sunday morning paper when the announcement came over announcing the attack.

There of course was no TV so news was spread via radio and newspaper.

The rest, as they say, is history.

What are some important days you remember?

1 comment:

Unknown said...

With women it is usually their wedding day and/or the birth of their children.

I was 9 months old when Pearl Harbor was bombed and, like you, I heard many stories from my parents and grandparents.

The saddest story was about 5 members of Dad's basketball team who had enlisted together right after graduating that May. In those days they were allowed to do that. They all went down on the same ship together.

Also, I will always remember exactly where I was the day of JFKs assignation and when the Twin Towers came down.