I Remember

i-remember_forweb450Credits: Black paper from Snapping & Scrapping, stamped alpha by Nancie Rowe Janitz, staples by Shabby Princess, photo from web, font is Typewriter Scribbled

Eight years ago today I was in India, sitting in my school staff room, watching the World Trace Center towers come down.  It was a moment I will never forget.  I sat there in total disbelief, feeling all sorts of emotions — pride, fear, wonder, rage, uncertainty.  It was a day that changed my home country forever.  It was a day that changed me.

Rewind another 15 years to the Challenger space shuttle crash.  I was in third grade, I think.  I sat in the school lunch room, probably ignoring my food, as I watched the shuttle make its launch.  And then, just as soon as it began it was over.  Another day that will always be with me.

As scrapbookers, we record a lot of stories.  We tell stories of good days, bad days, and every day moments.  We tell of birthdays, vacations, milestones.  But what about the REALLY big days?  The days that have changed history.  The days that will end up in our children’s text books.  Have we told the story from where we stood?

For Americans, September 11, 2001 is a day we won’t soon forget. Today marks 8 years since our homeland was attacked.  I am sure it brings back a flood of emotions and memories that should be recorded.  I know someday my grandkids will wonder where I was and what I was doing.  And now they will know.

I encourage you, no matter what your nationality, to take some time to scrap some of the big days in history. Maybe it was an election day.  Maybe it was a day of national disaster.  Maybe it was day that seemed normal and yet changed everything. Whatever it is, tell the story.  Yours is unique and it is worth being preserved.