Glad to be Alive! August 27
Some women…and men become timid about telling their age. Not me…for I am just glad to be alive!!! Looking back, there may not be a reason for the fact that I am alive since we did not wear seat belts and who took vitamins? Nevertheless, today is my day… my red-letter day from morning until night.
I decided to take a stroll back to August 27, 1939 and see what was happening on the day my mother brought me into the world. It was a Sunday…and she was only 21….so young.
There were some things that were all the rage and history was in the making:
- The US president was Franklin D. Roosevelt. (He was a Democrat, but we won’t hold that against him. It was a difficult time…with that nasty war in Europe and Hitler wanting to take over the world! Roosevelt did show that Presidents can be wrong when he declared the following shortly after I was born and some important events were happening in the world:
” In 1939, in response to Hitler’s invasion of Poland, Britain and France, both allies of the overrun nation declare war on Germany. The first casualty of that declaration was not German—but the British ocean liner Athenia, which was sunk by a German U-30 submarine that had assumed the liner was armed and belligerent. There were more than 1,100 passengers on board, 112 of whom lost their lives. Of those, 28 were Americans, but President Roosevelt was unfazed by the tragedy, declaring that no one was to “thoughtlessly or falsely talk of America sending its armies to European fields.” The United States would remain neutral.” I don’t believe so, Mr. President…but what did I know, for I was only a few days old!
- In that special week of August people in US were listening to Sunrise Serenade by Glen Gray. ( You’ll hear it at the end of this blog.)
- Wuthering Heights, directed by William Wyler, was one of the most successful movies released in 1939 along with Gone with the Wind and Wizard of Oz. ( Yes, we young children would go for a couple hours to the movies. No one bothered us…we loved the cartoons and there were no thoughts that someone would bring a gun there to try to kill us all…the good old days!
- Popular Books were The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck and Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier
The turbojet-powered Heinkel He 178, the world’s first jet aircraft, took its first flight on August 27, 1939 and made ifs maiden flight just before Germany invaded Poland.
I am certain many more things happened that day, but mostly I am grateful to my mother, Alta, who endured the pain…and stuck with me for many years afterwards until her death at age 93. “Thanks, Mom”
Life is strange. It wasn’t until this year that I started to think….”Wow…I probably only have 10-15 years left on this earth…if I am not run over by a truck or someone in the Middle East does not take us all out first! That thought had not come to me until this year…and we all know how fast time flies!
So glad for: My husband, Bill of 31 years, and my children who tell me and show me.. “I Love you, Mom.” You are all special to me.
So this is my proclamation today….
- LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST…
- LOVE AS MANY PEOPLE AS I CAN….
- DON’T WORRY (too much) ABOUT THINGS THAT I CANNOT CHANGE….
- Be grateful each moment we live in a FREE COUNTRY…
- SERVE CHRIST WITH ALL MY HEART…and expect to see HIS FACE..and all my aunts and uncles, Mother, friends and family someday on the other side of this life.
Now for your enjoyment….a little music from August 27, 1939…the time of the big bands. (My neighbor friends are taking me to lunch and my husband has a surprise…..what a great day!)