Friday, November 22, 2013

Fifty Years Later Random 5 Friday

Today's Random 5 Friday isn't really very random. I've had this post in the back of my mind for the last few weeks. I always remember November 22, 1963 and there's nothing else I can write about today.

1) It was the central event of my younger life and one of two days I remember in almost complete detail. The other is September 11, 2001.

2) I was in the eighth grade at the Sarah J. Rawson School in Hartford, Connecticut. I was in Miss Naylor's Home Economics class when I heard the news that the President had been shot and in Miss Weinstein's French class when I learned that he had been killed.

3) I loved President Kennedy and even at a young age hoped to make my career in public service. I was thrilled that we had a president who was from New England and had followed the election avidly.

4) I still have copies of "Life Magazine" that were published in the weeks after President Kennedy was killed. They have no archival value, but I can't part with them.

5) I've been to the Kennedy Library in Boston,  the Texas School Book Depository in Dallas and have made several trips to Arlington National Cemetery to pay my respects. The latest of these trips was in 2010.


I know that this is an unusually somber post for Buttercupland, but this is an unusually somber day.

As ever, thanks for visiting and take very good care of yourself.
  

9 comments:

Susie said...

Buttercup, I have been to the Kennedy Library also. I enjoyed it so much. I think those of us , who are old enough to remember the President, will always remember where we were. 9/11 is another time, that we Americans will remember.
Hope you are doing well walking , since you have had the healing boot removed. xoxo,Susie

Lynn said...

Our homeroom/French teacher Miss Coconnes told our class and then we were sent home, I was 14 too. The next event to shatter my world was Martin Luther King's assassination in '68...we have been watching the tributes to President Kennedy too.

peggy said...

Thank you Carol, I am so glad you were able to visit all those places. I was 28 years old when President Kennedy died and working in a Pepsi bottling plant. The sadness and stillness that came over everyone was
unforgettable.

augcott said...

What a sad day that was .... I was 11 and in 6th grade .... the nuns were hysterical and we all prayed. Then they sent us home and the next four days were very quiet and somber.

diane @ aug's blog

Nellie said...

Thank you, Buttercup, for your visits to my blog. I appreciate your comments.

We watched much of the TV coverage on Friday. It was truly a sad time for our country - and the world!

Ms Sparrow said...

I'm glad you went ahead a posted about your devotion to JFK's memory.

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

Thank you for sharing your memories. I don't have memories of that day--I was a baby--but my husband was in high school and remembers hearing the announcement over the intercom. He remembers people's sorrow and shock and how everyone seemed to watch TV about it over the next few days. It was such a sad time in our history.

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

We all loved our President then, even the opposing party.

Wandering Wren said...

Dearest Buttercup
They say everyone remembers exactly where they were when they heard the news - I can just picture you in French.
I enjoyed your reflective post this week.
Wrenx