I was eight years old, I think I was in third grade?
I remember my teacher crying in front of the class and saying we were all going home early. My mom came, and as we walked home she explained what had happened. I didn’t understand. Kennedy had been the only president I was aware of. I had been too young when Eisenhower was president to even understand what a president was.
I asked who would be president now. She said “Johnson.” He wasn’t even a person to me. Who? I couldn’t comprehend this. In my mind Kennedy was the president. It hadn’t occurred to me that wasn’t a permanent thing.
- It’s so weird, but I remember exactly where this conversation took place.
We spent days watching TV. I remember tiny little bits of it but mostly I remember not understanding.