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RobinA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-22-03 09:56 PM
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82. First Grade
Edited on Sat Nov-22-03 09:58 PM by RobinA
at Cole Manor Elementary School. They didn't tell us what was going on, they just dismissed us early. Some kid on the bus started talking about it, so I knew what happened by the time I got home. I didn't mention it to my parents, because I knew they didn't like Kennedy and I was afraid they would be glad he had died (they weren't).

I mostly remember the funeral on TV, it was all very bizarre to me. I remember being fascinated by the word "rotunda." It sounded so serious. I was obsessed with Caroline and John Jr., because Caroline is three months older than me and I couldn't imagine what it would be like to have my father be killed. I scrutinized every Life magazine picture of them to try to figure out what they were feeling and how they were doing. They were probably the first children I was aware of who were in public life, because you didn't see celebrity kids much in those days. I've always kept track of what they (now she) are doing because it still floors me to think what they went through.

I've never been a huge Jackie fan, but I give her all the credit in the world for bringing those two children up to be relatively normal human beings.
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