Living History

Last week, my grandma-by-marriage passed away at the age of 98. She would have made 99 if she’d held on until September. Along with the sadness at her death, I was awed by the history she had seen in her lifetime. The Great Depression, World War II, the Moon Landing, the Internet, etc.

Image by Ponciano from Pixabay

At 50+ sometimes I forget the history I have lived. Older people just seem so much older than me. LOL Until, I was in Barnes & Noble this week. The place has the anniversary of the Moon Landing everywhere to see. Pictures, trinkets, and books. As I was checking out, I noted a children’s book about the Apollo mission on the counter. So, since I’m a little talker bee in line and at the cash register, I mentioned the Moon Landing.

 

Me: Wow, I can’t believe it has been 50 years. I can still remember sitting on the living room floor, enthralled at our little black and white television, and seeing a man walk on the moon.

BN employee: That must have been so amazing. I can’t even imagine being a part of living history.

LOL, took me back a step, let me tell you. You don’t think you are a part of history while it is being made. It is only by looking back that we can see all the history we have lived.

What historical events are in your lifetime?


Jill James, romance writer

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