Twenty five years ago today (April 19), Oklahoma City changed forever. This is the day of terror that struck the city with the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal building.
Although I was not in downtown OKC when the bomb went off, I was at home with a very young baby. It shook my house and I knew right away something was wrong.
Today as I went for my morning run, I was brought back to that day. I was telling my running friend all about where I was and what was going on. I was also reminded that I would normally be preparing for the Run to Remember which is held at the end of April to commemorate this day. Instead I was out for a normal Sunday run because during this time of social distancing, all races/runs have been postponed. I was thinking instead about how lucky I was to be only minimally impacted by that event as well as this one. How grateful I am that we made it through that challenging time and how we will make it through this one.
I am no longer in Oklahoma but I have family and friends who still live there. Today I was able to watch a live stream broadcast of the memorial tribute which in years past has not been available, which again is something to be grateful for.
In 168 days (10/4/20) the Run to Remember will happen. We will run to remember the 168 lives lost on that day as well as the many, many lives effected that changed this nation. I am grateful and hopeful that we will be able to celebrate how far we have come as well.
What are you grateful for today?