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Diana, Princess of Wales (1 July 1961 – 31 August 1997)

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    #16
    I had just gotten back from waterskiing with my cousin Holli and her fiancé Louie. It was on the news that she had been in a horrible accident in Paris, but we still thought she'd make it. My cousin Rachael's words still echo in my ears to this day, "She'll make it because she's so famous and getting the best emergency care available."

    When they reported she died, the televisions in my house were always on for the latest information, and of course, the funeral. I can stlll hear the church's bells in the distance from England as we waited for the funeral day as they prepared her body.

    I'd often go ride my bike to exercise and think or sing while riding and I can remember riding out in the night and singing sadly to myself while thinking of her.

    I had no idea that my life would come crashing down so tragically less than two months later. 1997 was a fucked up year. We had the shocking murder of Versace (whose funeral Diana attended eerily), Diana's death, and then my own personal tragedy. I hate that year.

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      #17
      I had just moved into my new house in VA from NJ, we were there about 2 months so still settling in. My parents came to visit and that night I put my two babies to bed. When I came downstairs my mom was very upset, when she said Diana was killed I responded "oh that cant be, you've got that wrong". We sat silent in front of the TV listened and cried.

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        #18
        I'm very lucky. Though I don't have much in the way of family, my sister makes up for it alone. Do you know who she reminds me of? Lady Di ... in mannerisms, her hair (LOL!), her grace and her compassion.

        Currently she's volunteering with the special olympians. She volunteers all the time and works full time as well.
        Roses are red. Tacos are enjoyable. Don't blame immigrants, because you're unemployable.

        T-11 Flaccid Paraplegic due to TM July 1985 @ age 12

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          #19
          Originally posted by rdf View Post
          She was a fine, loving lass, for sure, but there are millions of people like that who pass without a word said about them, or great extravaganzas held in their honor. Diana was mainly a media creation in Royalty-starved England (and the States, it seems) - the circumstances of her death and the identity of her bf only added to the media-fueled hysteria. She was a good and decent woman who tried to make the world a better place.

          My neighbor Aldene died that same day, she was 85 years old, and she didn't have a soul in the world. I like to think of Aldene, who was a loving old gal who had a picture of Gen MacArthur hanging above her bed, and smoked and drank whiskey with me and the other neighbors, on this anniversary. Aldene helped any and all who came to her door, and she had very little to give...she also was a good and decent woman who made the world a better place. And she died alone, in a hospital, clutching on to me thinking I was her son, in a ward where they stuck Medicare patients to die. And she did.

          Wherever they are, let's hope it's better than here.
          She had you and all that knew her. You remember her and that is more than millions of people have or ever will have. That is worth its weight in gold.
          Anything worth doing, is worth doing to excess

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            #20
            Originally posted by Le Type Français View Post

            I had no idea that my life would come crashing down so tragically less than two months later. 1997 was a fucked up year. We had the shocking murder of Versace (whose funeral Diana attended eerily), Diana's death, and then my own personal tragedy. I hate that year.
            john denver also died that yr. i had just been to a concert and met him in may. he crashed in october. was a bad yr.

            and i had moved back to seattle with my 4 yr old, on my own. discovered nm and an online community who got me thru many lonely, scary nights.

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              #21
              Originally posted by cass View Post
              john denver also died that yr. i had just been to a concert and met him in may. he crashed in october. was a bad yr.

              and i had moved back to seattle with my 4 yr old, on my own. discovered nm and an online community who got me thru many lonely, scary nights.
              Yes, I do remember that. That time is so vivid for me in my memories.

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                #22
                Mother Teresa, too...within a week of Princess Diana. Yes, a horrid year. I know I can't even begin to grasp how bad it was for you, LTF.
                MS with cervical and thoracic cord lesions

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