The night Osama bin Laden died.
May 02, 2011

My parents called last night.

“Since you don’t have a television,” they said, “we thought you probably don’t know yet that Osama bin Laden is dead.”

In my entire life, there have been exactly three times that I can remember WANTING, desperately wanting, a television.  I wanted a television after the September 11th attacks.  My parents bought theirs at that time so that they could watch the speeches that followed.  It was the first time I saw President Bush on film.  I remember thinking that his ears looked much worse in still photos than they did on film.  I wanted a television when Tina Fey did her Sarah Palin impersonation on Saturday Night Live.  Instead I huddled over a computer screen with a co-worker and laughed and thought it would have been nice, just once, to see it sitting down across the room with a beer in my hand.

And I wanted a television last night.

Which is pretty much what YouTube is for.

I am married to a former Marine.  He comes from an entire family of Marines.  Many of my relatives have served in the military as well.  When I think of this news, what I think of is the military.  My husband and I always support the military, regardless of what we think of its policies.  We support the men and women who keep us free, who put their lives on the line so that our daughter can live hers, who protect us at all costs.

We could hear the firecrackers popping for hours into the night.  At a birthday party down the street, a man with a microphone cranked it up and announced the news to everyone in auditory range.  There were hoots and hollers and shouts.  We played videos online of men and women cheering, standing outside the White House, in stunned silence.  And we were as celebratory as the rest.  Not because a man died.  There will be others to take his place.  Not because a man was brought to justice.  He wasn’t.  He never could be.  BECAUSE WE’RE ONE STEP CLOSER TO BRINGING OUR MEN AND WOMEN HOME.

I’ll take that over a television any day of the week.

In fact, I’ll take that over just about anything.


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  1. By on May 02, 2011

    BECAUSE WE’RE ONE STEP CLOSER TO BRINGING OUR MEN AND WOMEN HOME. - I couldn’t agree more.

  2. By Tracy Roberts on May 02, 2011

    I hope you are right….

  3. By Momiss on May 02, 2011

    From your lips to God’s ears, girl.  I think we need to get them all home and deal with our borders anyway.  But that’s just my “blast ‘em to hell and let them pick up rocks for the next 50 years” attitude speaking.  lol

  4. By Courtney L @ Bundle of Wonder on May 02, 2011

    I didn’t even know he died until I read your blog post this morning.  We have television that we never watch so we’re the last people in America to get any news, even local.  But I do hope this means good things for our troops!  I have several friends in the military so this would be great!

  5. By on May 02, 2011

    I hope you are right about our men and women coming home. So my Marine BIL won’t have to go on a third tour.  It’s just that we have been at war for so long, I wonder if anyone remembers/knows, why we are there.  May Peace break out.

  6. By Megan R. on May 02, 2011

    very well said….and I do hope that we are one step closer to safely bringing home our troops.  God bless them all and the service they provide for us.

  7. By Megan on May 02, 2011

    I don’t have a tv either, and was so glad someone texted me last night!  A HUGE THANK YOU to all the men and women that courageously serve our nation, and bless us with freedom : )

  8. By Sarah Christensen on May 02, 2011

    I should clarify that I don’t think we’ll be bringing people home any time soon, I just think we’re closer.  A fight with an end in sight is better than one without.  That al Qaeda has been weakened enough for us to infiltrate bin Laden’s hidey-hole and kill him suggests to me that they have been significantly weakened, which means we’re probably a little closer than we were.

  9. By Sarah on May 02, 2011

    AMEN. My 7 month old woke me up at 10:30, just in time to hear the news. Despite being an infant, he laughed and shrieked in excitement as the news commentators talked on. It made me a little less nervous about the world he’s been born into.

  10. By on May 02, 2011

    There’s no such thing as a former Marine. Once a Marine, always a Marine! :)

  11. By Sarah Christensen on May 02, 2011

    Sydney - I use the term ‘former Marine’ because that’s what Donald says.  I’ve been forbidden from saying ‘ex-Marine’ after one all-too-memorable gaffe, but in conversation I usually just say ‘served in the Marines between years x and y’ or ‘worked on helicopters for the Marines’ or that sort of thing so that I don’t have to deal with the terminology at all.

  12. By on May 03, 2011

    As a mom, one of the hardest things i’ve had to try to explain to my nearly-6 year old daughter is what happened this day and why it happened and why people were celebrating a man being dead.  To be accurate and age-appropriate and not scare her or accidentally pigeon-hole entire groups of people for her was really really tough. 
    The only thing I’ve found it harder to discuss with her was September 11.  She asked about it for the first time this past fall.  My father (active duty AF then) was at work at the Pentagon that morning while I was in college across the country, so that’s not a day I like to revisit anyway, let alone detail for a kindergartner.

  13. By dandy on May 03, 2011

    It’s all about our troops!!  I posted on them as well :)


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