Sunday, April 15, 2012

Titanic: 100 Years Later

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. The luxurious ocean liner set sail from Southhampton, England on April 10, 1912. The ship was scheduled to arrive in New York on April 17, but we all know that never happened since the ship struck an iceberg, tearing a giant hole in the ship. 
The ship's collision with the iceberg happened around 11:40 p.m. on the evening of April 14 and the ship ultimately sank at 2:20 a.m. in the wee hours of the morning on April 15. That means that for more than  hours the passengers experienced sheer terror as they realized the ship was sinking and there was a good chance that either they or someone they loved would likely die. I can't help but wonder what the realization of that horror would've felt like, knowing that you, your spouse, your children, etc. were going to die a horrible death.

More than 1500 of the ship's 2200+ passengers lost their lives. It was truly a tragedy that this supposedly "unsinkable" ship sunk on it's maiden voyage and that so many people lost their lives. I, personally know how I  feel when there have been disasters in the world (some of the recent significant disasters like 9|11, the tsunami in Indonesia, Hurricane Katrina,  deadly tornadoes, to name a few), so I imagine that's what the sinking of the Titanic felt like for the rest of the world back in 1912.

I was obsessed with the Titanic when I was in 8th grade, thanks in large part to the movie Titanic. I even did a report on the Titanic for an English project that year! [It's funny to look back and remember how silly we were as kids!] When I was 13 I was utterly smitten with Leonardo DiCaprio! (How embarrassing to admit that I was one of "those" boy-crazy teenyboppers?!?) If I were 13 today, who would be the object of my obsession? Perhaps Justin Bieber? He's probably one of the biggest heartthrobs out there right now, so I'll pick him. He definitely doesn't hold any appeal to me now that I'm "older and wiser" but if I were 13 again, who knows?!! Thank goodness we eventually grow up!


Stephanie said...

Oh, Leo all the way! Bieber doesn't hold a candle to him.

Kate and Leo are best buddies in real life, which I think is great. I read they have rings for eachother. Adorable!

Anonymous said...

Leo is my favourite actor. Not for his looks, but for the fact that he's of the old school, he's such a professional, a method actor. I admire him a lot. I also like your taste in clothes. Lovely colours and pretty scarves that you bought the other day.

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