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01 February 2003 @ 01:24 pm
 
I was driving to my hand therapy appointment when the radio announcer said, "We must all pull together as a nation," and immediately I thought that war had been declared overnight. But of course that wasn't it.

As everyone has heard by now, the space shuttle Columbia exploded upon reentry, killing all 7 astronauts.

I walked into the clinic in a daze and asked my therapist if she'd heard. She hadn't, so I told her and the others there. She switched the radio to a news station and turned it up.

During a break I called home and woke my parents up and told them. My mother was in such shock that she hung up on me.

I remember Challenger. This wasn't supposed to happen once - how could it have happened again?
 
 
I feel: numbnumb