Reformed Grits

Thirteen years ago…
April 19, 2008, 12:30 pm
Filed under: Life

Thirteen years ago, I was in a hospital in a magnesium induced stupor.  I wasn’t really conscious of what was going on around me.  I knew I was very sick and they were inducing my labor because of it.  Every time I tried to pay attention to what was going on around me, I vomited.  So mostly I just lay in bed and slept, somewhat. 
Everyone was happy to ignore me.  I remember seeing their backs as the nurses came in the room and turned their backs to me.  That’s what I remember.  It was ok with me but I remember their backs as their heads turned up to the television. 
It was tuned in to a horror unfolding.  A bomb had gone off in the basement of the Alfred P. Murrah building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  I didn’t really understand or "get" what was happening until later.  I remember hearing something about someone blew up a daycare.  I wasn’t able to give it a lot of thought.  I was having a baby.  Didn’t everyone know?  It wasn’t until much later that I saw the images that grieve me today.  Toys broken and strewn about.  Babies and toddlers covered in blood.  Crying firefighters.  Screaming mothers.  I cringe thinking about it even now. 
I gave birth to my first child that day.  So many mothers that day lost theirs.  Many children lost their mothers, their fathers. 
So as my son grows and begins to understand, I remind him of that day he was born.  Of the joy he brought to our family as the first grandchild on both sides.  Of the opportunities he has in this country.  Of the promises and hope he has in Christ.  But I also remind him of what happened that day of his birth; of the importance of the choices he makes as he grows in this life. 
I just didn’t think it right that anyone of you– of us– should forget either. 


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Wow, what he has to live up to! Mostly, just keep loving him and he’ll do just that. Happy birthday, Jojo!

Comment by disty

I had forgetten too.
Those are sad images to be sure. How quickly we forget.

Comment by MaryLu

I said a prayer for all those mamas hurting on this day…..we have so much to be thankful for!

Comment by penny

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