Was Tuesday one of those days that you will always remember?
Will it be similar to Nov. 22, 1963, the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated? Will Tuesday live in the memory like Dec. 7, 1941, the day of Pearl Harbor? What about Sept. 11, 2001?
More than likely, you can ask anyone who was alive on those days and they remember where they were, what they were doing, what they were eating, etc.
Sept. 11, 2001, will always be remembered, no matter what. Likewise with Dec. 7, 1941. Our president at the time, Franklin D. Roosevelt, made that clear when he addressed the nation.
But what about Jan. 20, 2009? That day marked another first for our young nation.
Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States that day.
I specifically remember the evening before.
My fiancÚ and I were talking about the swearing in ceremony the evening prior and she was interested in recording the event.
We had just purchased a DVD recorder not too long ago. We had already tested the machine when the Indianapolis Colts played the San Diego Chargers in the playoffs. But, sorry to say, that DVD has not been watched and may never as it could wind up collecting dust.
But the DVD recorder was in full force Tuesday recording the swearing in ceremony.
I talked to my fiancÚ Friday morning and asked her this very question. Would she remember what she was doing, where she was, what she was eating, etc., on Jan. 20, 2009, the day Obama was sworn in. A day when, like the first game Jackie Robinson played in Major League Baseball, the color of one's skin didn't matter.
Her response was simple: Of course.
I remember the day. Sure, it's not even been a week yet, but I know what I was eating.
I was sitting in front of the television eating a chicken patty for lunch. I had started recording the event at approximately 11 a.m.
I remember when Chief Justice John Roberts flubbed up the oath of office.
I remember the looks on the eyes of everyone sitting behind Obama and Roberts as he was sworn in.
I remember my fiancÚ sat on our couch in silence. She forgot to eat she was so excited.
But, my natural tendency is to be a cynic. Will I remember these details in five years?
It is possible? Will Jan. 20, 2009, be embedded in my memory bank forever?
I'm too young to remember Nov. 22, 1963 and Dec. 7, 1941. But I've read about them.
I remember Sept. 11, 2001. I remember what I was doing (sleeping when the planes hit). I was working an evening shift then as Sports Editor for The Brazil Times.
I remember turning on the television (set on ESPN for Sports Center) only to see Peter Jennings' mug on the screen.
The only thought that went through my head was, "he's not a sports anchor. What happened? Did I turn the TV to another channel before nodding off to sleep?"
But what about Tuesday?
Will I remember eating lunch with my fiancÚ? Will I remember the beaming smile of Michelle Obama as she watched her husband recite the oath of office? Will I remember the proud look she displayed? Will I remember any of it?
I hope so. I hope I remember all of it.
What about you?