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  •  No, you're not alone - I'd turned 12 (13+ / 0-)

    a month earlier - and aside from my own shock and pain, I stared in numb almost disbelief as the older students and my teachers wept.  My first serious brush with "grownups are not omnipotent" - loss of the certainty that I, too, would be able to "handle" crises when I grew up maybe.  But the and, and, and - I think Bobby's death was the blow that took me down.  Joe Biden's dad told him to "just get up" but it took me years to "get up" after Bobby died.  Yes, those years shaped us.  Some to keep trying - maybe to honor their work and memory, maybe just reaffirmed who we always were - some to blow off the "ask not" message for the Randian "get mine, and yours too".  The grief is still there - and so is the numbness.

    •  Same with me (10+ / 0-)

      Bobby's death was a body blow. I remember how hard I prayed that June night that he wouldn't die (of course he never had a chance). I can still see him on the podium in California after his primary victory. "It's on to Chicago, and let's win there".

      That horrible, ugly Democratic Convention later that year! I think that's when my last hope died. There was so much hopelessness and anger out there in the streets. I watched and felt the same way.

      Today seems to have opened the floodgates for me.

      _Let's dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world. Let us dedicate ourselves to that, and say a prayer for our country and for our people. Robert Kennedy_

      by bogieshadow on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 12:36:13 PM PST

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