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A Day of Remembrance

Friday, November 22, 2013

This year (actually today) is the 50th year of John Kennedy being assassinated, so some who were alive back then use Thanksgiving time as a remembrance of this horrible day in my family. I wasn't even close to being alive when this happened but my parents explained how it was back in 1963 on that horrible day. His brother Robert was killed in 1968 & it was the year Martin Luther King Jr. was killed as well. Martin and Robert died within a few months of one another, 1968 seemed to be an especially turbulent year. The 60's were a time of testing and a lot of good came out of it in many ways I think.

I was thinking about what is considered to be "The Kennedy Curse." I don't think there is a curse of sorts on the family. When you live life to its fullest, play hard, try to help others and have a good time accidents and other things occur. Many of the family were in the military and politics so those are hazards in themselves. Poor life decisions can influence how life turns out as well! From what I know of The Kennedys it seems they lived and died trying to help others, have fun and live life as best they knew how.

I was thinking this morning about how lucky I have been to have seen a lot of this country in my life. (I haven't seen a lot of the Midwest or the Upper New England states but that will come.) I've lived in Hawaii, New York, Washington, Nevada, Louisiana and born and raised in Southern California. I've seen Pearl Harbor, The Grand Canyon, The Hoover Dam, Red Rocks, The Statue of Liberty, all of Washington DC and all it has to offer in the surrounding areas of Maryland. The 4 Presidents on the Mountain in South Dakota, A lot of President Theodore Roosevelt's sites (and I've read about as much on him from his own writings and biographies than any other President.) I've seen all of California, Oregon, Nevada, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, Tennessee, Arkansas, Alabama, Louisiana, Virginia, West Virginia, North and South Carolina, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio...I've seen parts of other states and to date I have counted 35 of the 50 states I have been to and not just their airports lol.

So I need to see Alaska, Florida, parts of the Midwest and Upper New England states and I'll be able to say I have been to all 50 states. My brother and parents have seen them all along with Canada. Living in Southern California I have been to Mexico a few times. I've been to Europe & Russia. I would like to see parts of Africa and South America as well before I go to my rest someday. I may live to my 90's if history is any indication in my family. On both sides of my family many females live into their 90's! Its the men who go a bit earlier in their 70's and 80's and the crankier ones usually last longer than others lol.

Its been raining here pretty steadily for 2 days now and its cold and a bit windy. I've been exercising indoors on my treadmill, doing videos, doing housework (Not exercise but its activity for moving around & not being sedentary.) so I'm getting the steps in as much as I can. I'm sitting now because I have the heating pad on me until the meds kick in lol. I'm in a pretty good mood emotionally but I'm in a little pain. I need about an hour more for the drugs to kick in though! (Female issues is all we need to say here :) I've been drinking enough, sleep comes easily when its that time because I am more tired, and food is a little bit lighter because I feel bloated!

Okay so I'm all set for whenever my sister arrives on Monday. I cleaned out the fridges and we'll go shopping early Tuesday morning so we'll get the odds and ends we need for Thanksgiving and their visit~

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    That is a great ambition to see all the states. America is a wonderful country. I have been to about ten of the states, so I have a lot of catching up with you to do! emoticon
    1579 days ago
    Ms. traveler for sure.

    Hope you feel better soon.
    1582 days ago
  • DALID414
    Wow, you've been around! In a good way, of course.
    I don't have the traveling gene in me.
    1582 days ago
    I was 20 years old and at work when they announced the JFK had been shot, it was later that they announced he had died, such a dad day, We were all sent home, and no work the day of his funeral, also with Bobbie, I walked around like I was in a trance, Yes, the 60's were very turbulent, Vietnam, and so many were against it, and they spoke out then, it seems like now it is easier to herd us, and this is a shame
    I too have seen most of the states, there are a few, I have not made it too, Vermont, Maine, Rhone Island and Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and those are also on my bucket list, My DH and I spent many months back when we were younger, on back roads, great memories
    1582 days ago
    You are fortunate to have seen so much of our country! I would love to see all 50 states, not just land at an airport and say I have been there, but to drive through them and spend some time in each. I have seen many of my neighboring states, but have many more to go! I also would love to see Africa - that is on my bucket list!

    Enjoy the weekend and keep sparking!
    1582 days ago
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