Posted by MMMMarcia on July 21, 1999 at 13:38:01:
In Reply to: Re: Am I The Only One... posted by Rebecca on July 21, 1999 at 12:41:06:
: No, you're not the only one..I spent my whole weekend being glued to the TV in disbelief and shock. I am actually watching CNN right now...I was only a toddler when JFK's father was killed, but I remember very well when his uncle, Robert, was assassinated..And now this...I have to admit it's hitting me harder, because I am John's age...What a terrible tragedy!!
: My prayers are with his family and the Bessettes..
Thanks for your thoughts. I was working in downtown Tampa when Kennedy was killed, and had waved to him (and been waved to BY him) from a distance of about 10 feet on one of the side routes of his motorcade through Tampa about 2 days before he went to Dallas. I was 19 years old and thrilled to have seen the president on an empty street, where he looked right into my eyes as he passed by in his convertible. When he was assassinated, I went into complete shock like the rest of the country, but somehow, it felt so personal, after having just seen him.
And, of course, I am of an age to have watched John Jr. grow up over the years into a seemingly honorable and kind young man. I remember clearly when he was born, and even more clearly, the funeral cortege & the image of him saluting the President's flag-draped casket. I tearfully watched every minute of that coverage, along with millions of others. This event has brought back many of the feelings and memories of that period in our history.
It's a very sad thing, regardless of one's political ideology, to see a family with this legacy of senseless loss. And, of course, it is always sad to see young lives cut short, and especially so in this case. John Jr. has more or less been our national "son," and my heart goes out to both of the families, but especially to Caroline, who has now lost every member of the family she grew up with. I hope her husband and children will make it easier for her to walk through her understandable grief and shock.
And may all of my fellow Mohicanland citizens take a long look at your loved ones tonight, and feel blessed to have them around you, safe and sound! Give them each a special hug, and call those who live elsewhere for no other reason than to tell them how much they mean to you!
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