Now, I don't know about Katie Titsworth, but I pray that if she is still alive to this day, that she has been able to live a normal life and not be superstitious about things. However, I could understand if this was difficult for her and I could easily show her sympathy.
I don't know how many people will remember or were even alive back in April 1995 when the Oklahoma City Bombing happened. However, I was in 7th grade. This meant that I had times that I was supposed to keep up with current events and school had me keeping up with this practice since 5th grade with special school news programming.
The news of the Oklahoma City Bombing hurt, but at times it was difficult to connect. Then, one story was aired that I would not forget. The girl was only five and she blamed herself.
Her sister died and she blamed herself.
Her parents lived, but her sister died. This didn't matter. She still blamed herself.
Not only did she blame herself only for her sister's death, but because many other people died, she blamed herself for everybody's death.
I'd walk into the courtyard and along the concrete path. I'd stop when I'd see a line and think, "How would I feel if I took a step and suddenly the whole school exploded? Would it be anything like she felt? After all, all she did was step on an electrical cord."
I've felt a lot of guilt for things I know aren't my fault, but I've never met with the level of guilt that Katie Titsworth must have felt at the tender age of five.
I hope and pray that she was able to go on to getting an education and fulfilling her purpose in life, not always feeling guilty for something that she never caused.
Disclaimer: This was written for therealljidol for the Week 6 topic of Step on a Crack.