During these perilous times, when our country is in a upside down inside out, constant discussion(argument) about everything from soup to nuts, and that describes it to a tee!, I find myself looking within to find resolve and peace amidst this crazy world. At this crossroad I find myself in, I can only imagine what life was like way back when, let’s say sixty years ago, when life as I know it never even existed. I wasn’t even born yet!
What was the world like in the year nineteen fifty nine?
January 3 – Alaska is admitted as the 49th U.S.state (see History of Alaska). January 7 – The United States recognizes the new Cuban government of Fidel Castro. … February 17 – The United States launches the Vanguard II weather satellite. February 22 – Lee Petty wins the first Daytona 500. January 29 – Walt Disney releases his 16th animated film, Sleeping Beauty in Beverly Hills. Miles Davis‘ influential jazz album Kind of Blue is released. October 2 – Rod Serling‘s classic anthology series The Twilight Zone premieres on CBS.
December 13 – Three years after its first telecast, MGM‘s The Wizard of Oz is shown on television for only the second time, but it gains an even larger viewing audience than its first television outing, spurring CBS to make it an annual tradition
Okay, now let’s stop for a moment to reflect on this important date…October 14th! A day that will live in emphamy!! Oops …no sorry about that, that day is D Day! Any-who, it is still a special day at least to me..I was the last child my Mother gave birth to, the baby of the family and of course thats my birthday!
Also, Marie Osmond was born on the day before Me and the coolest swashbuckler in the movies, Errol Flynn died on the 14th. Many famous people were born the same year, Danny Bonoduce (Partridge Family kid, I’m impressed!) as well as Jason Alexander(Seinfeld, still impressive), Mike Pence(the V.P., eh!) and even Magic Johnson! A pretty good year all in all.
A good year for movies, Gidget (Sandra Dee of course, one of my favs) Have Rocket will Travel (The Three Stooges, I’m giggling)Imitation of Life(please watch, so good)and the wonderful, Miracle on 34th St, need I say more! This was a good year, maybe not the most historical or even entertaining but a decent year. It has been sixty years since all these things happened, since then many more epic events, wars, peace treaties, births, deaths, family and friends come and go, after this many years we start losing our parents and we become orphaned, not so fun but then we become the grandparents beloved to a few sweet kids, honored finally by our own kids(that takes a minute until they grow older) and the sweetness of time replays over and over in our minds.
It was just the other day when we were young, free from the aches of longevity when life was up in the air. What are we going to be when we grow up? What..? we grew up already… ?..wow that was fast! Did I “become” yet….did I miss it? It is suppose to be about the journey not the destination but why is it such a big deal to figure it out? I don’t think I have actually and I’m okay with that. My journey isn’t over and I intend to enjoy the rest of it. Taking the steps into my sixtieth year on this planet are somewhat odd, a passage into what the kids call “old age” and I’m not loving it all together. I’m not hating it either, it’s kind of like a bottle of Coca Cola that fizzes when you open it but flat when you drink it. Same taste but no sparkles and fizz. Just a little flat.
I feel like I have lived many lifetimes, childhood, adulting, marriage, children, grandchildren BOOM! Old age! Looking back is not the best way to live, a glimpse of a memory is all that’s safe and I have many great ones, looking back too long can cause discontent and that’s not me, I live a contented life. I know the blessing that is and I know where that blessing comes from. I’m not that smart to get here on my own. The only sad part is how fast it happens. Look out ya’ll, the years pass fast….the sixty years are gone in sixty seconds!