22 years ago, the ground shook at my elementary school when, 17 miles away, a man filled with hate destroyed a building and so many lives.
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168 people. 19 children. .
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I work within walking distance of where the Murrah Building once stood. My children are in daycare. It's not hard for me to put myself in the shoes of those parents.
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But my mind doesn't let me go too far down that path. It's too raw. It's too painful, even just as a thought. Tears sting my eyes and a lump rises in my throat just typing these words. I'm sure I wouldn't be able to say them out loud. .
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Some of those babies would be graduating college this year. All of them would be adults. I always wonder what they would be doing had they not been robbed of their lives at the very start.
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I have the luxury, as someone who did not lose any loved ones in the blast that changed our city for good, of remembering the bombing infrequently. Casually, even. I drive past the memorial often, and I often pause to say a prayer, to remember. But I don't carry it with me in every moment.
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Not in the way the family and friends of 168 people do. Not in the way the survivors do. .
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So today is for them. For remembering the precious souls lost. For remembering their family and friends. For remembering the voids that can never be filled. .
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We Remember. And We Press On. (📸: @okcnm)
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#okc #weremember #okcblogger #oklahomablogger #22yearslater #okcmemorial
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  • theokmomma22 years ago, the ground shook at my elementary school when, 17 miles away, a man filled with hate destroyed a building and so many lives.
    .
    168 people. 19 children. .
    .
    I work within walking distance of where the Murrah Building once stood. My children are in daycare. It's not hard for me to put myself in the shoes of those parents.
    .
    But my mind doesn't let me go too far down that path. It's too raw. It's too painful, even just as a thought. Tears sting my eyes and a lump rises in my throat just typing these words. I'm sure I wouldn't be able to say them out loud. .
    .
    Some of those babies would be graduating college this year. All of them would be adults. I always wonder what they would be doing had they not been robbed of their lives at the very start.
    .
    I have the luxury, as someone who did not lose any loved ones in the blast that changed our city for good, of remembering the bombing infrequently. Casually, even. I drive past the memorial often, and I often pause to say a prayer, to remember. But I don't carry it with me in every moment.
    .
    Not in the way the family and friends of 168 people do. Not in the way the survivors do. .
    .
    So today is for them. For remembering the precious souls lost. For remembering their family and friends. For remembering the voids that can never be filled. .
    .
    We Remember. And We Press On. (📸: @okcnm)
    .
    #okc #weremember #okcblogger #oklahomablogger #22yearslater #okcmemorial
  • rachellemarie3Oh my. This is beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing!!!
  • _essentiallifeOh my. I remember that day too. Thank you for sharing with us. ❤️
  • andreaupdykeSuch an awful day. This is a beautiful tribute.
  • laurenjimesonSuch a horrible day.
  • thedudemomSuch a sad sad thing 😢
  • lises_peaceSuch an eloquent tribute, beautifully written! 💕
  • bonstradalLovely tribute. It truly did change OKC forever and the rest of a nation as a whole as well. #iremember #april19
  • mamasmilesTouching tribute on a difficult day.
  • theartgardenblog@theokmomma I too remember that day and was also at my school in Edmond when we heard what we thought was thunder. Some kids at my school lost parents and some teachers lost spouses and grown children. My family later moved away from OKC but I have never forgotten those horrible days.
  • ragingmama84@theokmomma such a relevant post. I speak to a lot of people who think we've (as in this country) never had atrocities like this, sadly we have. That day will always remain a part of their souls, their pain, nothing can take that away, but we can remember
  • growingupgorgeousmomsBeautiful tribute, my thoughts and prayers are with those families
  • sweetcoraliceI had just brought my newborn son home from the hospital that day. I was horrified at the news reports. Such a sad day 😱😭😖😫💔
  • happytoddlerplaytimeThat was a lovely tribute to those people and families impacted by that sad day.
  • niftythriftythingsWhat a beautiful tribute! I remember seeing it on the news.. so sad..
  • bigandpinkytoesAmen
  • mealtimebless❤️❤️❤️
  • inkscrblrOh my god such a frightening thing. This is a lovely tribute
  • michellemorales.nl😔
  • k8___sk8s❤☹
  • laura_almostemptynestI have been to the Memorial many times. It is always a humbling experience.
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