It’s a cold sunny Friday here in Staten Island. Temperatures are in the 30’s on December 7. It’s the 77th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor. A day that’ll live in infamy. On Dec. 7, 1941, Japan bombed Pearl Harbor killing 2,403 Americans and wounding 1,178 at the Naval Base in Hawaii.
We remember those important people today who served our country. The United States entered World War II, helping the Allies defeat Germany and Japan. What if our country never got involved in Europe? Thankfully, we’ll never know the answer to that.
Today, take a moment to pay respect to those soldiers who sacrificed for the cause. A day removed from the funeral service of the 41st President George Herbert Walker Bush, it’s an emotional time for Americans. Don’t forget it.
On this cold winter day (not officially), my birthday is tomorrow. I don’t have much planned. It’s true that the older you get, the less you celebrate birthdays and holidays. I guess that needs to change in the future. Hopefully, it will. I turn 42 on Saturday. Eh.
I don’t have much going on at the moment. I’ve been listening to and watching random videos on YouTube. Normally, it’s a trip in the time machine to the prestigious 80’s. A good era that was more laid back with better music, TV shows and feel good movies. Cue John Hughes. For those of us who experienced that time, we have our favorites. For me, it doesn’t get any better than The Breakfast Club and Planes, Trains, Automobiles. Two unbelievable classic movies dealing with important issues.
What does the holiday season mean to you? Is it really about receiving gifts or giving to those less fortunate? Some don’t have homes or food on the table. Not everyone has good families who support us no matter what. I don’t really celebrate anymore. I’m Jewish and supposed to enjoy Chanukah. I think it’s the sixth day. It’s kinda sad that our family isn’t together anymore. I know how it sounds. I’m a sucker for Christmas. Everyone should have one. I also love the city like any New Yorker. Rockefeller Center and Times Square remain New York treasures.
So, what am I doing? Out of work for now, writing this blog and watching cool videos like this one. It makes me happier :).
I guess I can relate to the dog in the Marshmello video featuring Miranda Cosgrove. The former i-Carly star who is talented enough to use her facial expressions to draw on our emotions with her dog. I too had a dog when I was growing up. He was a cocker Springer spaniel named Trapper. My favorite memory is when he woke me up for school as a kid. I still remember when we had to say goodbye to him. It was every bit as sad as Miranda’s character crying and saying goodbye to her dog in the video of a good song.
We all strive to be happier. I can remember waving to Trapper and then riding in the back seat looking back at the place we left him. That moment sticks with me. Some do. We can go back in time and still feel the emotions of those moments.
That’s what makes life special. Appreciate what you have. You never know when it might be gone. Enjoy your Friday.