November 22nd is the anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. I was in Mrs. Boyd’s 4th grade class when our Principal shared the news that day. I recall distinctly thinking, “What is going to happen, now?”
The day of the week in 1963 was a Friday. Jackie devoted herself to orchastrating the funernal – she was 33 years old at the time.
My parents wanted me to stay in and watch the funeral. I did, but was happy to get outside to play when I was permitted. I remember we were playing outside climbing trees when a friend came outside and said, “Someone has shot Oswald.”
We replied “no, you dumb ass, Oswald shot, Kennedy!” We were profane in the 4th grade. Little did we know, how crazy things were. I think the killing of Oswald, did much to promote the conspiracy theories advanced afterward.
Deaths of parents can be profound (I have not had one yet), but the death of JFK was the death of the future and hope. It still saddens me greatly. I hope our country never goes through anything like it again.
I recently finished the biography An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy 1917 -1963 by Robert Dallek. I would highly recommend it to those who haven’t read it.
Hey, you bloggers, have memories, thoughts, conspiracy theories, hopes, on this subject?