28 January 2011
In Memory- (front row) Michael J. Smith, Dick Scobee, Ronald McNair;
(back row) Ellison Onizuka, Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis, Judith Resnik.
Today commemorates the 25th anniversary of the Challenger explosion. Do you remember where you were when this happened? I remember it very clearly, including the sinking feeling I had in my stomach. I was teaching preschool at the time and the parents were dropping their children off. One parent asked if I had heard about the Challenger explosion. I hadn't. I had the overwhelming urge to call my husband. I had my aide take over the class for a few minutes and I went to call Kirk. Kirk was home sick that day and I asked if he had heard about it, he hadn't.
One might wonder why I would have an urge to call my husband. All I could think of was Christa McAuliffe, the teacher in space. Kirk had applied for the teacher in space project! I was thinking of what might have been. Kirk and I talked for a couple of minutes and then I headed back into the classroom. I put it out of my mind as I didn't want to scare the four year olds I was teaching. Once I got home, I was glued to the television.
My thoughts and memories are with the families of those who gave their life that day: Michael Smith, Dick Scobee, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Gregory Jarvis, Judith Resnick, and Christa McAuliffe.