Friday, January 28, 2011

25 Years

It was only because I saw it posted by someone on Facebook that I was reminded that today marks the 25th anniversary of the Challenger shuttle explosion, although I'm sure it was on the news this morning. (I just don't get to watch the morning news, what with all that pesky schooling I have to do in the morning!) I would have been eleven, or almost eleven when it happened, but I remember exactly where I was when I heard the news.
I had been sick for a couple of days prior to the accident, but on this particular day I was at my dad's physical therapy clinic. My mom always let us have one extra day of recovery, and since she worked as my dad's receptionist, I had just gone to work with her. I was in his office, playing at his desk and I believe I was watching "The Price is Right" when they cut in with the news of the explosion. As an 11-year-old, I was irritated that they had interrupted my show with the boring old news, and it was with some disinterest that I watched the goings on. I remember going out to tell my mom what they said, but she was checking a patient in and I had to wait. I leaned on the door frame, not wanting to interrupt, and once she was free, I nonchalantly said, "Hey, you know that space ship that was going up today? It blew up." I remember that I was kind of surprised at how shocked she was.
It amazes me that it's been so long. 


Flea said...

I keep forgetting how young you are. I was in college. It was devastating. I think I'd watched that shuttle being pulled up the Mississippi river by barge a year or so before, standing on the levee.

Heather the Mama Duk said...

I was 7, almost 8. We watched it at school. Every class was watching. It was pretty traumatic.

My mom always gave us an extra recovery day, too.

StephLove said...

I was in college, picking my boyfriend up at the airport. It was on tv screens all around. He made some kind of tasteless joke about it and I remember being kind of shocked.