Monday, April 19, 2010


I’ll never forget what I was doing April 19th, 1995. I was in 6th grade, dressed like a total tom boy (mesh shorts, dr. martins t-shirt and nike sandals, ewwww) and looking at the 6th grade science fair projects. (Thank you mom for doing my science fair project and winning me 1st place. Loved that trophy.)

It’s hard to believe it’s already been 15 years. Seeing something hit so close to home was and is still so scary to me. Being able to see the building and knowing people who lost their lives was also, and still is, so scary.

I also remember what I was doing September 11th, 2001 – I was in psychology at OU and I remember Brad W. telling me, we are going to war. I was so scared. We sat in our dorm room all day watching the news. I also remember that this was the day I was “going to start working out again.” It didn’t happen and the freshman 15 continued packing on.

I was thinking this morning that these events are something we’ll never forget in our lifetime. Much like the assassination of JFK. You can ask anyone that was old enough to know what was going on back then, and they can tell you where they were when they got the news.

This also reminds me of how precious life is and how things can change in an instant…which brings me to the Central Market parking lot yesterday afternoon: I was almost ran over. I am not exaggerating. I was less than 6 inches from this girl’s wheels. I screamed a dirty word so loud, but I managed to hold on to my groceries. I definitely dodged a bullet.

So where am I going with this? I am remembering all of the people that were affected by April 19th, 1995, today. Two idiots ruined a lot of lives.

This day also brought people closer, and the people of OKC continue to remember those lost and effected, which I will too, this coming Sunday. This Sunday marks the 10th annual “Memorial Marathon.” It’s such a great run, I don’t know where to begin. Being by the Memorial site and seeing all 168 chairs, and remembering all the lives that were changed that day is a wonderful experience.

I will only be doing the half marathon, but I am already shaking in my asics. For some reason, I am getting all sorts of nervous.

I am done rambling now, but just remember how precious life is. I could have been ran down yesterday. One minute on the phone- next minute dodging a car tire.

Happy freaking Monday.

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