We Remember

I was organizing my closet just now and had to pause when I saw my Memorial Marathon medals hanging on the wall. It hit me that 17 years ago tomorrow, Timothy McVeigh set off a bomb at the Alfred P. Murrah Building that would kill 168 men, women and children, including my cousin, Blake.

I remember that day, and the days and weeks that followed, as clearly as my little mind could capture them. I was five, in kindergarten. Blake was 18 months old, and I remember playing hide and seek at his parents house with him and Steve. When I learned of the bombing, I was at my Grandpa and Grandma Sparks house. I was too little to really get it, but I knew my family was sad. For a long time afterward, I can remember thinking he was just hiding, that miraculously they would find him somewhere in OKC. I don't have any eloquent words or exciting stories. Just some advice.

Hug your family extra tight tonight. Say I love you and mean it. Chase your dreams. Tomorrow is a gift, not a promise, and you never know what it might bring.

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Oklahoma City National Memorial


  1. I remember that day, too, so clearly. We were on vacation, and we took a trip to the mountains that day. When we got home, we turned on TV and I saw the terrible news. My children were very young, the same age as so many of the children who were lost. I held them so tight that night, and have treasured every minute with them since.
    I'm so sorry for your family's loss. I only hope and pray that we have all learned some lessons from what happened.

  2. Such a beautiful post. I'm so sorry for your loss. Thanks for such an inspiring post.

  3. [...] Today was the 12th annual Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. I didn’t count how many of us went, but just off the top of my head, I think about 25-30 of us met at AmPo high school at 4-ish this morning to drive up together. Amazingly, “our parking lot” was available – I’m not giving away the location but I’ll just say it’s awesome enough that I’m amazed we get to park there every year. We walked to remember Blake Ryan Kennedy. [...]