Friday, October 2, 2015

It's funny how celebrity deaths make us remember...

Am I the only person that feels this way? For me whenever a celebrity passes away that I remember from my youth it reminds me of that period in time. It has a lot more to do with the important people in my life than it does the actual celebrity. My house was definitely a “TV house” and many of my fondest memories are linked to some of my favorite shows when I was young.

I can remember trying to stay awake with my dad watching the Johnny Carson show. I never made it but that time spent with my father is one of my very best childhood memories. I can say the same for a lot of holidays when family would visit. The sound of football on Thanksgiving Day…. Watching Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman while dreaming of Christmas day and all of the gifts that Santa would surely bring….. So many great memories…

I guess we all link our past with our favorite TV shows or movies. Once when I was quite young I heard a salesman in an electronics store refer to a camcorder (remember that word?) as a “memory box”. He had a good point. Whether it’s a video of your family or an old Elvis Presley movie that your mom or grand mom wouldn’t miss for the world, I think it’s fair to say that the passing of a celebrity does cause many of us to become nostalgic.

To this day thousands of people still rush to Elvis Presley’s mansion in Memphis, Tennessee on his birthday and the anniversary of his death. The same can be said for Marylyn Monroe’s grave site and a host of other famous persons that are no longer with us. That’s a bit different than associating your personal memories with celebrities I guess, or maybe it isn’t? Either way I suppose it’s fair to say that many of us are reminded of times past when someone we associate with them is no longer here.

That’s why we should treasure each and every day and be thankful for those persons in our lives that are still here with us. Life is wonderful but it is not permanent. Sometimes we get so busy we don’t seem to have time to remind those closest to us just how important they really are. Today is a good day to do just that because “tomorrow is promised to no one”, not even celebrities.

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