Driving in and listening to NPR and being excited about getting here and deciding which coverage I was going to tune into, I realized something.
Before today, I cannot remember a time in my life when the whole nation came together–hungry for news coverage, feeling that they had to be there or know someone who was going, watching and watching again–I cannot remember a moment in my life when the whole nation came together for good news.
The memories I have of hanging onto images and waiting for updates and not being able to look away, of wanting to get together with friends or family so that I wasn’t the lonely witness, have all been national tragedies. Reagan getting shot, space shuttles blowing up, wars and more wars, Oklahoma City, Columbine, 9/11, Katrina, etc. etc. etc.
I have never, in my life, witnessed America coming together in celebration.
And yet, here we are.
I didn’t know what I was missing.