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Author: TriSec    Date: 03/19/2020 00:19:00

Mondo has called it "The saddest picture of the year".

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This is Javier, among 4,000 other students at the Johnson and Wales Harborside campus, forcibly ejected from spring semester, their freshman year now put on hold indefinitely.

He's taking it in stride, I guess, but I'm not a pleased parent here. Javi lived in this room for seven months - made connections, made friends, learned new things. All of that screeching to a sudden halt because of this global insanity.

It is time to muse - every generation has that "one thing". Many of us on this blog share that cold January morn 34 years ago. I don't have to think too hard - I was at school myself, my Sophomore year at ol' Bunker Hill Community College. (Yes, it took me four years to graduate from a two-year school.) I didn't hear about it until the afternoon. Puttering around a record store in Porter Square, Cambridge before work. I can still hear WBZ...."and the Coast Guard is looking for improbably survivors. If you've just joined us..." The memory still pains me.

Fast forward to 2001. Another glorious fall New England day. My manager at the time poked his head into my cubicle - "Did you hear a plane just crashed into the World Trade Center?" Boy, did we think the world changed then.

My mother had her moment, some years before I was born. Walter Cronkite spent a Friday afternoon before Thanksgiving 1963 crushing the souls of most Americans.

Before that - Papa TriSec has a 7-year-old boy's memory of this. "I didn't know what Pearl Harbor was, but it didn't sound good."

Javier is apparently considered a "post Milennial", or "Gen Z", whatever that means. He was born a month before that last great national PTSD; he has no actual memories of that fall of 2001.

Although his entire lifetime has been one of war, internet, and increasing disconnect among his fellow man, these children have not shared a common event, until now.

Working feverishly at the campus to pack up and get out, I was struck by one thing. Something that I can see in myself even now as I type this. Most of them were wandering around the campus in a sort of daze. None of them really knew what to do.

In short, they were all utterly defeated by all of this.

I can only look back at all of our shared tribulations. We all got through it somehow. Older, wiser perhaps, but permanently changed by what we all saw and experienced.

Despite my best efforts as a parent, I can shield him no more, and Javier joins us all in a national tragedy. I can only hope things go back to something resembling "normal" and his young life can get back on-track.


 

11 comments (Latest Comment: 03/19/2020 19:51:44 by Will in Chicago)
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Comment by Raine on 03/19/2020 12:29:43
I want this to be today's blog. It is more than anything I could possibly put to prose today.

Good morning, friends.

Comment by wickedpam on 03/19/2020 13:06:21
Morning

Perfect blog is perfect. It really says so much.

Comment by Will in Chicago on 03/19/2020 13:57:18
TriSec, this is a wonderful blog!!

I am at home, trying to figure how to take care of my family here and in the city a-half hour away. I am very worried about my friends.

Today, I will do some school work, cleaning, and run an errand.

My school is closed until April 13th at least. There is a concern that the school year will be over and what it means to teachers and other staff members in terms of pay. Many of my students lack computers or internet access. So, I am not sure how they can do the e-learning assignments that were set up for them now that the libraries are shut down. They may begin to miss being in school.

Comment by livingonli on 03/19/2020 14:18:36
I just saw this morning on the book of faces that a friend from my college radio days may have contracted the coronavirus. She is home in self quarantine while waiting on the tests. She's also worried about her mom. She lives in Atlanta these days.

Comment by livingonli on 03/19/2020 15:05:42
And Tulsi is out and surprisingly has endorsed Biden.

Comment by livingonli on 03/19/2020 15:32:18
Does Fat Donnie have to have a presser every day at this time?

Comment by wickedpam on 03/19/2020 15:35:13
Quote by livingonli:
Does Fat Donnie have to have a presser every day at this time?



He seems to be sticking his nose in everyday. He needs to STFU.

Comment by livingonli on 03/19/2020 15:44:39
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by livingonli:
Does Fat Donnie have to have a presser every day at this time?



He seems to be sticking his nose in everyday. He needs to STFU.

He isn't helping. See if the market goes down after he talks.

Comment by BobR on 03/19/2020 15:55:11
Quote by livingonli:
And Tulsi is out and surprisingly has endorsed Biden.

On a normal newsday, this would be huge. As TriSec has so eloquently pointed out, nothing is normal.

*for anyone keeping track, Biden currently has 1111 delegates, and Sanders has 796

Comment by Will in Chicago on 03/19/2020 16:37:07
Quote by BobR:
Quote by livingonli:
And Tulsi is out and surprisingly has endorsed Biden.

On a normal newsday, this would be huge. As TriSec has so eloquently pointed out, nothing is normal.

*for anyone keeping track, Biden currently has 1111 delegates, and Sanders has 796



Things are so far from normal that part of me would not be shocked if Rod Serling walked out in front of a camera with a moral for us.