You've probably all heard that Elizabeth Edwards died yesterday. I didn't know her or John, but before the infidelity scandal he was a very popular US Senator here in NC. Although there were some not very flattering rumors about Elizabeth (I don't know if they were true or not and honestly, I don't really care), she struck me as a smart, strong woman who was first and foremost a loving mother. And like many others, I was struck with the bravery she showed, at least to the outside world, during both the horrendous end of her marriage and her struggles with the cancer that finally took her. I know her family, especially her children, will miss her.
Today is also the 30th Anniversay of the death of another person I never met, but one who had a huge impact on my life as a teenager, as well as all these years after. A person who made me think about who I wanted to be and how I wanted to live my life. To this day, 30 years later, I listen to him with tears in my eyes - not just because he's gone, and gone way too soon - he had a lot left to offer the world. Mostly I feel grateful to have had him at all.
|John Lennon - Imagine|