Saturday, December 8, 2012

Lennon? Pearl Harbor? What Does What We Remember Mean?


I’ve remembered for a week or so that today, December 8, is the anniversary of John Lennon’s murder in 1980.
Yesterday, it wasn’t until I saw part of a newscast that I remembered December 7, 1941, and the horrors at Pearl Harbor. December 7, of course.


My children, at least the two still at home, were unaware of the significance of either date. “Why should we know that?” one of them said. Right now, they are in our bedroom with Kelly discussing the most important date they have, December 21, 2012.

I wonder how much that is a sign of some generational difference in cultural literacy, or whether that’s just representative of our insensitivity and absence of gratitude. Am I the only one to either lack or have such a distorted historical consciousness?
I apologize to veterans and their families everywhere, especially those who served in WWII. And to John Lennon fans, I still feel your pain. As for December 21, I guess we’ll just have to see, but I suspect it will be an even bigger dud than Y2K. Just in case, though, I'm postponing any Christmas shopping or trips to the mall until the 22nd....
Images of front pages from here and here.

1 comment:

  1. You forgot to mention the book. That's an important part of this family script. Love you. ~Kelly


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