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I Will Not Be Jaded
Memories of the Oklahoma City Bombing and the 9-11 Terror Attack
I don't remember much about the awful Oklahoma City bombing, except the overwhelming sense of both compassion and disbelief that watching the footage and hearing about it created. I do, however, remember 9-11 very well, as most everyone old enough does. I woke up to the alarm going off so that I could get ready for an 8 am class. My roommate had the alarm set to music instead of the harsh beeping sound. But this particular morning there were voices instead of music. And because I was in such a drowsy state, I did not fully comprehend what I was hearing. I remember something about Air Force One still in the sky and problems with airplanes. It was not until I was fully awake and in class, where people were talking about what was going on, that it dawned on me. The rest of the day was filled with the horrific images of what was happening all over television. We watched the second tower fall. We eventually could not take anymore and turned the television off.
Now I think back to a song that Garth Brooks released called "The Change." I believe the original music video was a tribute to the Oklahoma City bombing. At any rate, the words are powerful. They stick with me start to finish, particularly the second verse and the chorus.
This heart still believes that love and mercy still exist
While all the hatreds rage and so many say
That love is all but pointless in madness such as this
It's like trying to stop a fire with the moisture from a kiss
And I hear them saying you'll never change things
And no matter what you do it's still the same thing
But it's not the world that I am changing
I'll do this so this world will know that it will not change me
Reflecting on Memorial Day and what it really means, I think it is all the more important that people not let the trials and tribulations of the world change them. And that we remember those that have served and that do serve our country.
I Will Not Be Jaded
What, you think I'm immature?
Then of this let me assure
It's not reality that I don't see
I'm well aware of the cruelty
For how can I not be
When what it is I do see
Is that I refuse to become jaded
With memories of me faded
Even as some may cause fear
I will still be here
I have a heart, I have a soul
And both of them remain whole
Yes, there are those that are terroristic
But I will not be jaded nor pessimistic
Not as to the rest of the world it may apply
And certainly not as it applies to my own life
Life, circumstances, and reality
Will never be allowed to change me
I will still reach out to others
For they are my sisters and my brothers
I will look to God above
And cling tight to faith, hope, and love
A Shaw McCall Cover of a Garth Brooks Song "The Change"
© 2013 Shannon