Thursday, April 7, 2016
Interconnected through tragedy
We worked for lawyers at the time, it was a very interesting culture. We weren't lawyers ourselves but you'd see the table of young lawyers who had come down to the cafeteria to watch as though it was a case study. I suppose to some degree it was for a few of them. They would put their heads together, whisper and debate. We would roll our eyes, discuss our opinions on the case and yell at the TV when something ridiculous would happen. Reality TV on the brink of becoming a "thing." Since the Mr and I remember so clearly where we were when the verdict was read, it got me thinking about how traumatic events can attach people to you forever.
Like I remember when the Challenger exploded. My elementary class was on the way back from gym class and I remember Sam F. rounding the corner screaming "the Challenger blew up!" Our teacher started running toward the classroom and we ran behind him. That day we watched as they replayed the tragedy over and over...burning it into our brains. Now I can't hear the word "throttle" without having a physical reaction and I will always think of Sam F. running down the hall to tell her mom in the admin office about it.
I also remember being in Crate and Barrel waiting in line to check out and this blonde woman ahead of us got a text, gasped and said out loud "Robin Williams died." I felt like someone kicked me in the gut...I couldn't breathe. The Mr and I both said to each other "oh my God, what happened?" A minute later she got a text back and said aloud "suicide." It was the way she said it that pissed me off. Like it meant less because he took his own life and was so disgusted in her tone. I had to get out of there as soon as possible and when we got to the car, I sobbed. Whenever I think of Robin, I always think of the traumatic, non-chalant way I was informed of his passing. While I don't know her name, I am forever connected to her. In my mind, I just call her "heartless bitchface" and move on.
It's funny how we can be interconnected through tragedy either with people we know or perfect strangers. Even if you never see those people again, you have a connection to something that profoundly stays with you for much of your life.
Who are you interconnected with and to what event?
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