Some Things You Never Forget
Do you remember August 31, 1997?
So today it was brought to my attention that August 31 is 12th anniversary of Lady Di's demise. I wouldn't remember that date specifically, but I associate the events of that day with a good friend of mine that is no longer with us. It's one of those events for me that for some reason is marked in memory even if I don't remember the exact date. Kinda like the Challenger shuttle disaster, or President Kennedy's assassination (for us old enough fogies that remember). I know what I was doing, I just don't remember when exactly.
Margie and I didn't learn of the events of August 31 until September 1 as we were camping with our Jeep club in the mountains near Leadville Colorado. We pulled into Leadville's grocery store on the 1st to pick up some supplies for our days trip along Colorado's old mining roads, and there on the front page of the Denver Post in the newspaper box was the news that the Princess Of Whales (Diana) had been killed in an auto accident. I remember that the following days news was filled with the coverage of events, funeral, and of course the blame for her death. Without a doubt, it was a major media event around the world.
What I can't say is why I associate the death of Princess Diana with that of my departed friend. I suppose it's because we were with him when we learned the news. His death was self inflicted just a few years later, but when Diana died, Jim was at his best. I can tell you the date Jim died, but I could never tell you Diana's date of departure on my own.
This week is the 12th anniversary of the death of another influential woman, and Pastor Sherry Sklenar spoke of her saying... "I can only hope that the media will recall that someone else died twelve years ago... a little nun in Calcutta known to the world as Mother Teresa. It has been said that Mother Teresa chose the wrong week to die, overshadowed by the death of the young princess."
Pastor Sherry has a good point. We should remember those that work to help others at least as much as we recall those considered famous.