I don't usually angst about birthdays but this one has me thinking about life more than usual. That was probably the reason for the car post the other day. I think it was prompted by Jensen Ackles' recent birthday where I realized I'm 10 years older than he is. When I was a senior in high school, he was a second-grader, which puts a lot into perspective. No wonder I always think of him and Jared as "the boys" even though they are grown men. My younger brothers are "the boys" and they're in their forties like me. Anyhow, the quote below from the History Channel kind of sums up where I'm at in life.
On this day in 1839, the initials "O.K." are first published in The Boston Morning Post. Meant as an abbreviation for "oll correct," a popular slang misspelling of "all correct" at the time, OK steadily made its way into the everyday speech of Americans.
1968 was a pretty turbulent time. I was born at the height of US casualities in the Vietnam War about two months after the Tet offensive and one week after the My Lai massacre. One week before I was born, Robert Kennedy announced his decision to run for president. Three months later he would be shot and killed. Two weeks after I was born, Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. Abortion was illegal in Missouri, the state I was born in. The Apollo Guidance Computer made its debut orbiting the Earth on Apollo 7. A year later, it steered Apollo 11 to a moon landing. Yale University announced it was going to admit women. In addition to civil rights and Vietnam war protests in the US, there was political unrest in Poland and Mexico. It was the year of the Prague Spring and the start of The Troubles.
The Detroit Tigers (my growing-up team) beat the St. Louis Cardinals (my then hometown team) in the World Series. My hometown hockey team, the St. Louis Blues lost the Stanley Cup to Montreal in a sweep.
Record of the Year: "Up, Up and Away," 5th Dimension
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.
Two days after I was born, the final Monkees episode aired. You could watch Star Trek, Gunsmoke, Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color, Captain Kangaroo, Days of Our Lives, Get Smart, Peyton Place, Mission: Impossible, and Bewitched.
Other folks born that year include Rachel Ray, Hugh Jackman, Molly Ringwald, Daniel Craig, Mary Lou Retton, Barry Sanders, Eric Bana, Billy Boyd, Will Smith, and Luci Liu.
Since 1968, I've watched the space program through moon landings, the Hubbell telescope, Skylab, space shuttle triumphs and disasters and the Mars rover missions. I played in the record UP snowfall of 355.9 inches in the winter of '78-79, stood on the banks of the flooded Mississippi in '73 and '93 and listened to the howling of the early November gale that sank the Edmund Fitzgerald. The Berlin Wall came down, the Soviet Union dissolved and Germany reunited, the Good Friday accords started to halt the violence in Ireland and the UK, the US has been in 2 Gulf Wars and covert wars in Central America, and Canada has been my polite neighbor to the north. Nancy Reagan told me to "just say no", Wendy's told me where the beef was, Dr. Who had a long scarf, Nixon resigned, Al Gore invented the Internet, Bill Gates got rich and Seattle got grunge. I've rooted for Fryman, Trammel, and Whitaker, Johnny Bench, Isaiah Thomas, Cale Yarborough, Steve Yzerman, Joe Mauer and my imaginary friend as a kid was named after Joe Namath. I survived disco, having Yoko Ono hair in the permed big-hair 80s, prairie skirts, parachute pants (not on me), prom, and a wedding (not mine) with my Dad as a groomsmen in a wide-lapel brown suit and ruffled peach shirt. The world has been graced with MTV, Han Solo, New Coke, and bungee jumping.
Six years of college, 22 years of marriage (now half my life), 9 years of parenting, 7 seasons of SPN, 44 years of beauty and music to balance grief and loss. I'm very grateful to be here. Onward to 88.