Its not every day that a grandmother of mine turns 90!
When I think about the changes that youve seen in your lifetime, Im filled with genuine awe – born in the teens, living through the roaring 20s, the great depression, two world wars, the advent of television, widespread use of cars, and the list goes on and on. Electricity to the home. Paved streets. Presidents too numerous to count. Id like to think that Ive learned and benefited from your experience, albeit indirectly, and I know that Im a better person for it. Thanks for being such a huge part of my life, and for being someone so dedicated to the lives of those closest to you.
I wonder what my grandkids are going to say about me in 60 years. Will I be part of a group of people that lived through similar earth-shaking changes? Will they be good changes? People already dont remember life without the internet. What does that say about us, and what does that mean for us?
In the interest of history, yesterday was the 65th anniversary of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. Andrew says it incredibly well in his blog, that the ability to rationalize killings in that way is a huge part of the tragedy, not just for America, but for humanity as a whole. Were clearly not past that kind of rationalization as a species, but Id like to think were working on it. The optimist in me wants to believe that were getting better. Maybe that’ll be my history when I’m 90 – I lived in a time when people still made massive, expensive efforts to kill huge groups of other people.
I sound like a goddamn hippie. Happy Birthday Nana!