posted on Dec, 24 2011 @ 03:19 AM
One day I plan on taking a trip to the part of the Ukraine, for the very reason you did. When Chernobyl went up, it was one of those "where were you
when" days for me, I was 9 at the time, and got in the house after playing to find my parents crowded around the TV while the the news had broken in
on regular programing with live ongoing coverage. Only nearly 3 months before to the day, the same thing had happened to me when Challenger suffered a
catastrophic failure during take-off and blew up. When Challenger went down, I kind of got a taste of what the world was really like, a start to the
loss of youthful innocence. When Chernobyl went, the world changed for me, at 9, I basically lost my youthful innocence.
When I turned 10 that September, I was a much less innocent boy than when I turned 9, I was fearful of anything nuclear, due to ignorance, and the
thought of a nuclear war scared my at all times, I had nightmares, I remember having a counseling session in school after Chernobyl, due to me being a
little withdrawn. Years later my mom showed me the copies of the file they gave her, and all the pictures I drew were of mushroom clouds and my house
When the internet came along, I spent a great deal of time researching Chernobyl, and Challenger, I no longer suffer from the fear I once had, but the
main reason I want to visit Chernobyl, is to close so to speak,m that chapter in my life, sort of a coming to terms with my loss of innocence as a
Thank you for sharing your story and photos with us.