Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Today is the 23rd anniversary of the Challenger disaster. I remember this day vividly and the image will always be deeply embedded in my soul, heart and mind. I'm sure many of you remember this heartbreaking moment in our historical drama that is the United States of America. Lives were taken. Taken from families, friendships and the millions of excited schoolchildren watching a deeply loved teacher go away forever. Well, go away from this life forever.
As a Chicago to the core citizen I was still dancing in bliss with the victory of my beloved Bears in the Super Bowl. In the city of big shoulders we were still doing the Super Bowl Shuffle when another type of dream literally died.
This post is in memory of all of my own beloved teachers. I was fortunate and blessed to have gone to some wonderful private schools. These schools were among the finest in the area and I am sure my teachers weren't paid nearly enough as they taught and attempted to inspire a group of kids coming of age in the 1970's. Thankfully, I still keep in touch with several of them. May God bless each of them this day and every day.
To the families of the Challenger crew from that fateful morning, please know that many of us still send our thoughts and more importantly our prayers your way.
"They touched the face of God." President Ronald Reagan
"A Million Old Soldiers Will Fade Away, but a Dream Goes on Forever." Todd Rundgren, 1974
"See, I will not forget you for I have carved you in the palms of my hands." Book of Isaiah, Chapter 51