Since I was born

August 16th, 1977 – Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Roll dies. My Mother is heavily pregnant with me with two months yet to go. Later in my life, she will tell me how she went to see Elvis in concert with her big sister when she was 10 years old and how she didn’t want to go. She smiles thinking how funny that she had no idea what an important man he was then.

May 18th, 1980 – Mount St. Helen’s erupts in Washington, USA. I am 3, unaware that I live not too far away. When I’m older I hear stories from my family of people who recall ashes falling from the sky like rain. I am also moved by the story of an old man who lived on the mountain and refused to leave his home. He perished inside his house by the volcano. Later that year, on December 8th, John Lennon is assassinated.

January 28th, 1986 – The space shuttle Challenger explodes after only 73 seconds after it’s launch. I am 9 years old and my elementary class is watching the television launch to see the first Teacher in space make her name in history. As we watch the shuttle explode, we all sit in silence and confusion, our teacher clasps her hand over her mouth as she sees the scene in horror. Everyone is devastated all around the USA. Many school children were tuned in with their classes ready to cheer, but left simply in sadness.

November 9th, 1989 –The Berlin Wall falls. I am 11 now and remember seeing only a short story on the news that I paid no attention to. In my teens I see images of the wall falling in a music video and the thousands of people around it cheering. Not knowing exactly what it meant, I am touched for reasons I cannot understand. When I ask it’s meaning, I fail to comprehend that in such a free existence that other countries have limitations. For the first time in my life, I am aware of freedom.

June 17th, 1994 – I watch on television a white Ford Bronco slowly driving down the interstate, inside was O.J. Simpson. This was my first attention brought to what became one of America’s most publicised trials in history, it lasted 134 days and America was hooked. My family followed the murder trial, apart from me who only tuned in on the odd day of details. Debates took place where ever you looked over the ”Did he do it?” issue. I was 16, more interested in my friends and growing up in ways I wasn’t ready for.

November 19th, 1996- Spokane, Washington and some surrounding areas are hit with a massive Ice Storm. I am living just outside of Spokane right in the Idaho border. Ice is frozen so thick on the telephone poles that the lines are nearly touching the ground. Residents are without power, running water and heat, some for over 2 weeks. In my house we are putting up blankets to block the hallways and using a small oil heater in our living room, wearing snowsuits hats and gloves inside the house. We are forced to sleep together in one bed, along with our dogs, in order to keep warm through the night. We read by candle light to one another for entertainment and I am shocked to see conditions so cold my toilet water freezes. I’m 19.

June 30th, 1997- A book entitled Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone is published by Bloomsbury. I have no idea of it’s existence, but come to discover it for my children years later. Still 19, it means nothing to me. As the years progress however, I watch the Boy Who Lived win over the hearts of millions.

August 31st, 1997 – Diana, Princess of Wales, dies in a horrific car crash. Millions of people around the world mourn her death. For the first time in my life I can see someone in such a public spotlight actually affecting ordinary folks. Somehow, I feel saddened too. I am nearly 20, blissfully unaware of how important Princess Diana’s country will be to me later on.

April 20th, 1999 – 12 students and one teacher perish in a shooting by two high school boys at Columbine High School in Colorado. At 21 and with a daughter soon approaching 5, I am shocked and horrified to see such brutality in American schools. I worry about the access to guns children have in my country and how traumatic the event will impact those at Columbine High. Throughout American communities people are worried and fearful over safety in schools.

January 1st, 2000 – At 22, I have now lived in the United Kingdom for just two months. I make homemade truffles and snacks to celebrate the New Year and the dawn of a new millennium. It’s a quiet celebration at home and I watch the fireworks on the BBC taking place in London. I am aware of how special it is to be living at this time, or at least I feel so. I sit wishing I could be at a proper party, but sit and assess my new life in a new country.

September 11th, 2001 – The World Trade Center is destroyed and images of the planes crashing into the twin towers is plastered all over every news station. The world stops to catch their breath at the clips, the death tolls over 3,000 people while over 6,000 were injured. At exactly one month before my 24th birthday, I stand devastated and affected by the news stories. The months that follow see my heart captured by stories of families, the tales of victims in the planes calling their loved ones, of the firefighters working hard to save lives and watching as the American people act simply as one giant community. I feel proud of my country, just seeing people working together touches me in a way I shall never forget. The War on Terrorism begins.

December 14th, 2003 – Saddam Hussein is captured. Many around the world celebrates as the former Iraqi president is brought in after his time in hiding. I’m 26 now and I flash a nod at the television screen when I hear of his capture. My life consists of two lovely children and I’m focused on family.

January 20th, 2009 – Barack Obama is inaugurated as America’s 44th President of the United States. He is the first African-American to ever hold the office and I feel truly proud that my country has moved in such a positive direction. At age 31, I have little interest in politics, but I hold deep within my core a message of equality. I smile seeing our 44th President, hoping that he carries on with him a legacy.

These are but a handful of the events that I’ve seen in my time. Looking back at 31 years, there’s been a lot to write about. I’ve chosen some the things that stood out to me, some that I know stood out to the world but made little impact on me personally. I was inspired to write this from my post Yep, that’s me when I wondered what I’d be telling my grand kids one day. Funny, when you put it all in black and white, there’s been a whole lot of changes these 31 years.

7 Responses to “Since I was born”

  1. Karen says:

    Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!

    This is a very cool idea. Born in February 1977, I think the only thing I would add to my list is May 1977: Star Wars is released in theaters nationwide.

    Anyway, it's pretty amazing all of the history we've seen so far, and to know that there's even more to come. And to wonder what our children will see.

  2. Mesina says:

    Hello there Karen! Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed the post. Yes, how could I possibly miss the Star Wars release!!?? AACK! haha, but I couldn't post everything I suppose. Have a great weekend!xx

  3. Tania @ Larger Family Life says:

    This is a really thoughtful post. Great idea.

    Tania (via SITS)

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  6. Mesina says:

    Faith, thanks for taking the time to stop in and read the blog! I'm glad you enjoyed the posts here, I just tend to write about whatever enters the madness of this mind of mine. Oh wow a free advertisement?! I will keep up to date on that and I would be more than happy to do some kind of exchange with you in return. xx

  7. We had the perfect victory in the previous election phase. Let’s see what this tea party can do!

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