Sunday, May 24, 2015

My Back Pages: Memorial Day, 2015

My Back Pages: Memorial Day, 2015:   Another Memorial Day is upon us, and as each year passes, the reason for this day seems to be diminished. It's a sad day of reflecti...

Memorial Day, 2015

 Another Memorial Day is upon us, and as each year passes, the reason for this day seems to be diminished. It's a sad day of reflection for me, as I think about those who stood for the greater good and gave their all. 
  The members of the Greatest Generation are all but gone from the current scene. They stood, as one, to preserve the rights of a free people to exist. The horrors that they uncovered, both in the European and Pacific theaters of war are well documented. Yet, there are so many today who choose to forget the sacrifices of these great men and women. They all came together to fight for the freedoms that we all enjoy today. We must never forget their sacrifices. We must never forget those who were designated for annihilation by those who claimed to be the master races.
  I spend these days reflecting on the efforts of those who wished a better future for us all. It was an effort that the entire generation of a free people voluntarily sacrificed for. So many died, willingly, so that we might be free.
  So, as you have your barbecues and family gatherings on this day... remember those who gave their all so that you might have such gatherings.. so that you might breathe the free air, and continue to live in relative freedom. Take a few moments to give thanks to those who gave so much so that you could be free.
  I don't care what your political beliefs are, just remember that because so many were willing to give their all, you have the right and the obligation to continue to express your beliefs. 
 Love and Peace to All, as always!
 John Zaffino
 Kent Lakes, New York
 Memorial Day, 2015

Saturday, May 9, 2015

My Back Pages: Mother's Day

My Back Pages: Mother's Day: Mothers Day:   What is a mother? She is the person that has nurtured you throughout you growth. She is the person who was always there for ...

Mother's Day

Mothers Day:
  What is a mother? She is the person that has nurtured you throughout you growth. She is the person who was always there for you; to dry your tears. To pick you up and brush you off when you fell. She's the one person who was always there to cheer you on when did well. She was there when you failed, and told you that the loss, or the failure, was not the end of the world.. that you would do better next time.. that you would overcome whatever your weakness or your failure was. She sternly told you to stop feeling sorry for yourself when things got rough, and to do better. She was there to clean and bandage your wounds, and to stand up for you when some put you down. 
  A mother may have been the woman who gave birth to you, but not necessarily. A mother is the woman who worried about you and took care of you all through your childhood. A mother is the woman who was always there for you, through good times and bad. She was there when you met your first love, and she was there when your heart got broken and it seemed like the end of your world had come. She counseled you, whether you thought that you needed it or not, and her advise was right on, most of the time. She gave you all the love in her heart, and she selflessly gave you whatever she could. A mother is the one that all of us relied on, through good times and bad. 
  A mother is often given a short shrift in life, because people tend to get wrapped up in their own accomplishments after they have grown. This is not always the case, but it happens more often than we would like to think.
  Today, Mother's Day, 2015, take the time to honor the woman who gave you life. The first woman to hold you close and kiss you and tell you that you were the most wonderful thing that ever happened to her. Give her the respect and love that she so richly deserves. She is with us for a time that, no matter how many years it is, is never enough. Let her know how much you love her and respect her. Let her know how much she means to all that you have become; because, without her, you would not be here.
  Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there. Love and Peace is my wish for all.
  John Zaffino. May 9, 2015
   Kent Lakes, New York