Posted by: R Jonathan Gewirtz | June 20, 2019

Dates with Destiny

Do special dates lose significance with the passage not only of time but of the participants?

Today, June 20, is my parents’ wedding anniversary. Had Mom been alive it would have been 57 years. But she isn’t. So is it still their anniversary? Should I be wishing happy anniversary to my father?

It’s also the birthday of a friend who was like a brother to me. Except that he passed away last Summer. Facebook doesn’t even realize it and they reminded me that it is his birthday.

I didn’t need the reminder. I remembered.

Now that he’s gone, is it still his “birthday”?

We know that other dates have significance in history. Washington’s Birthday. July 4, 1776. September 11, 2001. For good or for bad, events took place that made a difference in history.

My parents’ wedding anniversary was a date that made a difference. It led to a marriage of 50 years and a large loving family. That doesn’t go away with Mom’s passing.

Moishy was born and lived an amazing life, though most of us would feel it was much too short. He left his mark on those around him and also left behind a family who will remember what he stood for.

These life events don’t go away when people die. They just become even more poignant reminders for the living of what life is about: doing for others, loving and caring, and making the most of the time you have because you never know when it will be up.

We all have dates with destiny.

JG

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