Posted by Kate on July 25, 1999 at 08:32:42:
In Reply to: Sadness everywhere posted by Sarah M. on July 24, 1999 at 12:35:09:
: : What is it really that made him special other than the glitz?
: : But then, I have to admit that I didn't understand the public reaction to Princess Diana's death either.
: Petra (et al),
: I've just come back from a week in London, having left "JFK" airport on Sunday and returned today. In England, the papers were covered with news, and one paper handled it particularly well. Naturally, they frequently likened it to the death of Diana. But EVERYONE was saddened and sympathetic, and England's prayers went out to both families. I went from paper to paper to hear the news and strangely felt it VERY deeply. I hadn't thought I would feel that bad about any of the Kennedys' deaths. Perhaps it was that I was there and not here. But I, too, am the same age as he was and it's immensely eerie when things that you grow up with in the far reaches of your mind are suddently cut off. I certainly didn't pay attention to him growing up, but there was news every now and then, especially as we were both at nearby colleges at the same time. It's very weird. I was especially sad when I learned they had found the body because that makes it so final, doesn't it? Everyone in England was asking how I felt, how did America feel? Every time I thought about or had to mention the airport in NY, my hair stood on end.
: Imagine how I felt when (1) while dozing we hit the worst turbulence I've ever felt--it seemed I was on a roller coaster, and because I was dozing, my mind wandered to that plane crash; and (2) as we approached the runway, nearly touching down at JFK, we took off again, to prevent some accident perhaps. I was NOT feeling good then, I can tell you!!
: By the way, I was also in London from the time Diana died until her burial. THAT WAS ASTOUNDING!! What was the big deal? She was an odd mixture of a real representation of themselves (shy, clinically depressed, unsure of herself) and at the same time their ideal (beautiful, caring, able to give of herself, still Royal). It was an odd idea of perfection. And then it was gone at it's most tragically beautiful, at it's height of perfection, you might say.
: It's hard to describe without sounding totally sappy.
So, that's how you see the English, is it - 'shy, clinically depressed and unsure of themselves'? That's interesting?!! Not how I would have described them, myself, but - isn't it amazing how we each perceive people, situations, tragedy ...
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