Stephanie O'Brien (Brownell)
When the idea came by email, to post feelings and thoughts about November 22, I thought what a neat idea it was, but probably I would not post anything. Well, after reading the different posts, it made me realize how very important it is to connect with friends far and wide, on the same subject, and all having such similar feelings and remembrances. Well, this is the day that was 50 years ago. Those of us living in Dallas today, are really experiencing all the effects of 50 years ago, with all the local news coverage, and the media from all over being here. It brings the news back as though it were happening all over again. We can all remember exactly where we were and what we were doing on that fateful day, we were so young, and so full of hope, never dreaming we would ever live thru such a horrible ordeal. The President that we all loved, admired, and respected, remembering back when he was elected, in our sophomore year, had been shot and killed, we were all in shock. That just couldn't happen in our young world. It left its ugly mark on all of us, a rude awakening to a world that we had never known up until that day. We were all absolutely glued to the TV from that moment on all week end long, seeing everything first hand, with non believing eyes. Our world had changed forever. It is still as sad to me today, as it was then, the funeral, the carriage, the procession, little John John saluting his father, Jackie walking behind the carriage, well, we all know how sad it was.
My goal for myself, in life, was to live in Dallas. When the event happened, the idea of living in Dallas scared me, I began to wonder about this place that I had always loved and wanted to be apart of. Of course that was youthful thinking. Here I am today, living in Dallas, and I love every inch of the City. One never drives downtown, around Dealey plaza, that you don't see people all around looking and pointing to the "6th floor" window, and you just know they are trying to figure out how in the world that all happened. It is so terribly sad that ugly thing had to happen in Dallas, but even more, it is so terribly sad that ugly thing had to happen at all.
This was a wonderful idea to do these posts, thank you. It has been meaningful to me, to put feelings down in black and white, and to hear from all of you that shared your feelings. It makes one realize we are all in this boat together. It gives me a true sense of unification.
May the JFK family rest in peace.