It's been haunting me for a couple of weeks now.
Each time I look at the calendar, it nags at me, but I can't quite place it.
August 6th-- there's something about that date that I should remember.
No, it's not a birthday, not a wedding, nothing connected with my family. Could it be an appointment, an activity, something I've forgotten to do?
I'm not able to recall it, so it creeps up on me like a little cat on soft feet in the night.
And finally the day is here. So I put it out of my mind, until I'm signing onto my computer, and MSN pops up with a summary of the day and bullet points that spell it out.
Of course, how could I have forgotten that. I turn to my coworkers and ask them if they recall what the date commemorates, and nobody gets it. One thinks it might be the anniversary of the Tsunami. (That only comes because I prompt her with a clue of "Japan".)
Nope, nobody remembers, nobody comments. It's all just ancient history in a text book to them.
But not for me.
See, my father was in World War II, and while he was single and didn't even know my mother at the time, he was in a training camp near Atlanta, Georgia. And he was involved in the training of G.I.s for overseas action.
There was some talk that when the big push came, that some of the enlisted men might get a crack at "seeing some action" as it was termed. But it also means that some would be assigned to units in the big assault on Japan.
So, when it comes around each year, I have mixed emotions. One, there was a terrible loss of life associated with this date. Two, there were an awful lot of American men that were spared, and my father might have been one of them. and Three, the world and world politics changed forever.
It was the day the U.S.A. dropped the first atomic bomb on Japan. But it wasn't the last. About four days later, Japan surrendered, when it became clear it wasn't an accident, and that a second bomb had been dropped again.
They saw the handwriting on the wall. Even if we didn't see the end results yet. Sometimes, I don't think we ever will.