Today is a day of anniversaries.
Okay, so maybe these aren't the happiest of anniversaries to contemplate. But I believe all of our history -- the happy and the sad -- can teach us what we need to know to get through our days. If nothing else, these events can teach us that we should never let a day go by without doing our best to connect with each other on a compassionate and personal level. We should take neither peace nor freedom for granted. We should understand that human nature, while capable of the most brilliant displays of love and generosity, can also be capable of inflicting great pain and evil, and we should always be on our guard to prevent it.
Mostly, these events should be a lesson that life is precious and easily vanquished, and no word of love should go unspoken, no act of affection go undone.
So that's the story of this day in history -- histories, personal and public.
Happy August 9th to you all. May it be a day of peace and tranquility.
Photo credits: Nagasaki photo from Life Magazine; Sharon Tate publicity photo; publicity still of Lynn Bailey during rehearsal for "The Starcross Story", photographer unknown.