Monday, August 06, 2007

Forever Eight Fifteen

To the people of Hiroshima and all victims of war and violence, remembrance and prayers.

To Catherine Currier, my last surviving grandparent, a birthday salute. She was four when the Great War to End All Wars ended, when her father died of the Spanish Influenza; turned thirty-one when Little Boy destroyed Hiroshima. Fifty during the Tonkin Gulf incident. Sixty when Nixon resigned. Seventy when Reagan was elected to a second term. Ninety when G.W. Bush was elected to a second term. Today she turns ninety-three in Vancouver, Washington, with Mount St. Helens visible on the horizon.

"Bond Girl" Michelle Yeoh. Her birthday, too.

Today's Rune: Wholeness.

Birthdays: Louise Françoise de La Baume Le Blanc, duchesse de la Vallière, Alfred Tennyson, Paul Claudel, Dutch Schultz (b. Arthur Flegenheimer), Richard Hofstadter, Robert Mitchum, Norman Wexler, Andy Warhol, Piers Anthony Dillingham Jacob, Michelle Yeoh, Melissa George.


the walking man said...

Maybe just maybe it was the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that the idiots think of before they ever throw those things again.

Happy birthday Granny Erik, a few more years maybe you'll have to retire and go on social security just hang on GW can't make you work at the mill much longer!

Erik It's a good thing you named who was in that picture 'cuz I was about to say "Damn your granny is hot!"

I also noticed it is Dutch Schultz's birthday, hey Dutch can I borrow your gat?

Peace Erik


JR's Thumbprints said...

Certainly a memorable timeline for your grandmother.

BTW, are you the poet "francEyE?" I went to check out Pearl and now I'm wondering. Congrats just the same.

Charles Gramlich said...

Yeoh! is right.

Pythia3 said...

Wow, I send your grandmother blessings and birthday wishes! Glad she's still got the fire burning within her. 93 is a magical number and combo, too!

Beautiful post, by the way. Very touching.

Those Bond girls are something else - HOT! They beat the Victoria's Secret models by landslide!

:) Lindy