happy all american pet day!
During President Kennedy’s time in office 21 animals lived at the White House.
Their pets included dogs, horses, and an assortment of smaller animals.
“animals are such agreeable friends – they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.”
credit: john f. kennedy presidential library and museum
“without debate, without criticism
no administration and no country can succeed
and no republic can survive.”
― john f. kennedy
photo credit: national archives
when i went into the post office to mail something and buy stamps
i was approached in line
by a postal worker who tried to help out and save me time
by offering me stamps
“i have some pretty flowers or american flags available.”
i must appear to be a feminine and/or patriotic gardener
it was a nice gesture but i chose to wait a minute and select my own
when i made it to counter and the postal worker opened her book
she offered me hearts and flowers
(is it my lavender body lotion?)
i asked to look through the book and chose the two above –
jimi hendrix and jfk
she looked at me, nodded, saying
interesting does not even begin to describe them.
“genius is essentially creative;
it bears the stamp of the individual who possesses it.”
-madame de stael
we honor him with the words and life of another.
being born a kennedy, and for as long as i can remember, i always assumed that the other kennedys were just cousins who lived out east. when the killing of jfk happened, 50 years ago, i had just turned 6, only 4 days before. i was in first grade and i remember being called in from recess and all of the adults were crying. that was the day i found out that i was not actually a cousin, and that people could die from things other than being very, very old. it was one of those days when my world changed forever.
jfk and family – the ones who i thought to be my cousins
my kennedy family
The essential self is innocent, and when it tastes its own innocence knows that it lives forever. – John Updike