There are days and events that are common to the memories of many. We use them as links to new acquaintance. A favourite question “Where were you when you heard of…………..” Or “Do you remember watching………………?”
For a long time (for my generation) it was “where were you when you heard of Kennedy’s assassination? “
To my sorrow it’s only the geeks who ever asked “where were you/how did you see the first moon landing?”
Then to my horror I started running into people who laughed and said “I wasn’t born then.” I was ageing.
So the world moves on and we find new points of convergence.
The Charles/Diana wedding, provided that to a degree. Diana’s death provided another one for a long time.
Then the September 11th events in New York, reverberated around the world for so long. Another point of common reference for people.
Then the December 26th tsunami. The world hadn’t seen such a dramatic one in a populated area for a long time. The horror of it, the surprise, still offers people a time-point for reference.
It’s often the deaths, sudden, surprising, shocking, horrifying that we remember in common.
I can remember so clearly the day I was held up by two men with guns. After seeing the police I went to my favourite coffee shop for breakfast, and there on TV were the reports coming from London of the bombs. It’s a link that will always be there for me, not for anyone else.
However it would be a far nicer world if the really happy things made us remember.
Remember the day 17 years ago when we all stood in long queues to vote TOGETHER? (this is just for us South Africans) One of the happy ones, repression had been beaten (we believed).
Remember your own wedding? A child’s birth? Families have these in common, smaller recognition points but the personal ones can be the sweetest.
I wonder if today’s wedding will be one of those happy remembered events we use as a ‘time tick’ to locate happenings in our own lives.