Sunday, July 22, 2012

A Day In History

Special days come and go each year. Sometimes we mark them with big celebrations and at other times they become days of private reflection. After losing my husband in February I expected some of these special days to be very difficult, such as the day of our wedding anniversary, his birthday, Thanksgiving or Christmas. 
What I did not anticipate was how difficult my birthday would be. Generally my birthday is no big deal. We rarely did anything special. I know I am odd but until last year I had never even had a birthday party. So this year all I could think of in the days proceeding my birthday was how my husband had gone out of his way to plan a surprise party for me last year and now he wasn't here to spend this birthday with me. 
photo courtesy of NASA
In years past my birthday was a reminder of the excitement I experienced when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon on my birthday. This year the thought never even entered my mind. As with many my thoughts were not on joyful events but on the tragedy and loss faced by others that tragic day, and the loss of my husband.
I have always thought how difficult it must be having some major tragic event on one's birthday and now I have sadly joined the ranks of those whose birthdays fall on days such as September 11th, December 7th and April 20th. While I strive to focus on the good one must also remember there is evil in this world and not forget those who have suffered at the hands of evil. Today sitting in our home in Norfolk, my daughter, son-in-law and I sat down and discussed how we could honor the victims of this tragedy, and decided one way was to create a Facebook cover in their memory.
Our hearts go out to all and wish them strength in this very difficult time.

Unknown Mami


Heather Smith said...

Such a terrible tragedy - I think everyone's thoughts are with the victims, their friends and family.

Keetha Broyles said...

It is a terrible and mind-boggling tragedy.

Laurie Matherne said...

It's a tragic reminder of the forces of evil in our world.

Fun60 said...

It is difficult to put into words how I felt about this tragic loss of life. The families may never get to find out why and will have to find a way to come to terms with waht has happened. I think your facebook tribute was very thoughtful.

Unknown Mami said...

You are a beautiful thoughtful person. Truly.