Thanksgiving, A Time of Sadness

Nell JeanNovember 22, 2004

Forty one years ago today, Nov. 22, our beloved President Kennedy was assassinated. Many of us can remember what we were doing when we heard the news. The nation was stunned. We watched as his little son saluted as the caission bore the body away. The lovely wife and handsome son are dead now too as are the President's mother and brother. I'm always reminded of what Rose Kennedy said about time, and forming scars.

Tomorrow is my son's birthday. We miss him so.

I'm thankful for all of you.


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Nell, I know you miss your dear son terribly. I hope tomorrow is a day of peace for you as you remember other birthdays and his life. Take care.

    Bookmark   November 23, 2004 at 12:36AM
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Ah, Nell, birthdays are hard. Still, his birth was a wonderful thing, as were the years you had with him.

Sending a hug your way,


    Bookmark   November 23, 2004 at 9:17AM
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Nell Jean

A funny note about his birth. On the 22nd, I was at the OB and a lady asked me when my baby was due? "Two weeks ago."
"Oh," she said, "I wouldn't want my baby to be born today. This is the anniversary of President Kennedy's death." At that time, it didn't really matter to me what had happened on that date, I was READY. Not my first child; I slept through most of the labor and he arrived the next morning.

    Bookmark   November 23, 2004 at 11:21AM
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It was Thanksgiving Eve last year when I got the call from my sister that Dad had a heart attack. He had bypass surgery early Thanksgiving morning. That was the start of the chain of events that led to his death on December 13. I can't believe a year has passed.

I know that the holidays are a tough time. I just want to wish everyone a blessed Thanksgiving. Even in the depths of our grief, we must focus on anything that we have to be thankful for, lest the darkness consume us.

    Bookmark   November 23, 2004 at 4:15PM
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Nell, I've been out of town and just now seeing this. I hope that your day was not too hard. I have found from experience that our dread of special days has been a lot worse than the actual day itself.

    Bookmark   November 24, 2004 at 9:10PM
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Thinking of you,Nell. I know it is a hard time.(((Nell))) Derry

    Bookmark   November 26, 2004 at 7:48PM
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