Finally, a moment to post. Life has been busy for me of late but just because I haven’t posted doesn’t mean that art hasn’t been flowing.
I promised to reveal my TIF challenge quilt so here goes. The one thing that kept pushing its way into my brain was the sad occurence in Jan 28th, 1986. The day was beautiful, clear blue skys and wonderful weather predicted all day.
This shuttle launch had been postponed a few times, but this day NASA gave the go ahead for the launch to take place. Seventy-three seconds into the Challenger Space shuttle launch, it blew up….in front of a large crowd gathered to see the special launch. You see, on that flight was the 1st candidate for the TISP Program – Teacher-in-Space Program.
Christa McAuliffe wanted to be an astraunaut but instead found her calling as a teacher. She was getting her wish though and trained hard after she was chosen to fly in space, along with the shuttle crew in their 51st mission into space.
I stood transfixed by the cloud formation that billowed in the sky after the explosion. I remember feeling tears on my face and thinking incredulously that what I just saw happened did not occur, but sadly it did. That event still has the power to make me weep.
I must say this idea for the TIF challenge came to me right away but I thought it was too serious. Why didn’t I parody “Who shot JR? or the fight of Crystal and Alexis Carrington on the hit show “Dynasty” or that long ago writing tool that kids can’t fathom…the typewriter.
It was good to get this quilt done. It needed to be done but I did not realize this fact until it was completed. Funnily enough, exactly 15 years later to the day, my son was born on January 28th, a beautiful day with clear blue skies.
How do you remember this day? Post your thoughts on how it affected you and those around you.