Monday, March 14, 2011

Memoir Monday--Week 24

Feels kind of nice to "be on the ball" this week with my blogging! I know nearly everyone in the world has their minds on Japan right now, in light of the devastating earthquake and tsunami. April's questions reflect that fact. So here are my responses for this weeks questions for Memoir Monday.

What is the first major historical event that you remember happening? It could be something positive or negative.

I have dim memories of that "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind". A few weeks ago, while working on a unit study with my youngest about the moon, it hit me that I was younger than he is when that event occurred.

Where were you on 9/11? What are your memories of that event?

This is truly one of those events I tend to ponder and remember each year, on the anniversary of the event. And I have blogged about it in the past, too....

September 11, 2001, was a beautiful, clear day in Montana, where we were living at that time. We had no television. We didn't even have the radio on. We were busy preparing breakfast, when my mom called. It was hard to comprehend what she was telling me! She said that passenger jets had crashed into the Twin Towers.

Now, I had been to New York City, shortly after I graduated from high school. I spent several months working at a health reconditioning center near NYC. We would go into the city, to pass our brochures, pamphlets, and even sing songs to who ever might stop long enough to listen. So I had stood in the shadow of those towers.

We turned on our radio, to see if we could get any more information.....just in time to hear the announcer say that the first tower had collapsed. I turned to my husband and said, "Did he just say the tower collapsed?!" I was certain I had heard incorrectly!!

I remember how eerie the sky seemed for days afterward....such a deep, brilliant blue, empty of jet trails.

Frankly, the full impact of 9/11 didn't hit me until a year later, when we were able to purchase video documentaries of the events. Then we had the same visual scenes the rest of the country had witnessed the year before.

Usually each year, around 9/11, we play those videos again. The day the whole world changed. My youngest was born after that. He doesn't know anything else. Frankly, neither does my next to the youngest, since he was so young at the time.

It seems natural disasters are occurring more and more frequently, and with greater and greater strength.

11 In various places there will be great earthquakes, sicknesses, and a lack of food. Fearful events and great signs will come from heaven.

    (Luke 21:11, New Century Version)
25 "There will be signs in the sun, moon, and stars. On earth, nations will be afraid and confused because of the roar and fury of the sea. 26 People will be so afraid they will faint, wondering what is happening to the world, because the powers of the heavens will be shaken.27 Then people will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 When these things begin to happen, look up and hold your heads high, because the time when God will free you is near!"  29 Then Jesus told this story: "Look at the fig tree and all the other trees. 30 When their leaves appear, you know that summer is near. 31 In the same way, when you see these things happening, you will know that God's kingdom is near.

    32 "I tell you the truth, all these things will happen while the people of this time are still living.  33 Earth and sky will be destroyed, but the words I have spoken will never be destroyed.    (Luke 21:25-33, New Century Version)

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  1. Wendy, I think you are right. Things do see very frequent now. The tsunami in Thailand, New Orleans, quakes, mud slides, all sort of natural disasters. Scary... Have you ever served in a disaster area? I haven't, but have always wanted to.

  2. April, I haven't, yet anyway. I have had some training in the past. A year or so ago there was a tornado that hit one of the towns in MS, within our pastor's district. I wanted to go help, but couldn't talk either of my teens into going with me. Also, with my younger two children, I need someone to care for/supervise them. I wanted to help so badly after Gustav hit Baton Rouge...but couldn't then, either, because of the kids....Maybe after my youngest becomes a teen....


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