In my lifetime, I’ve had my share of triumphs — including those of the subtle kind, and the type that don’t require over-the-top fanfare. But I’ve also had my share of heartbreaks and tragedies — the kind that would put your typical literature or on-screen tearjerker to shame.
We’ve experienced what happens when someone who’s meant so much to us passes away — the type of tragedy that we know must eventually happen. But it’s also the type that, more often than not, catches us by surprise — whether we like it or not. Anyone reading this can, more or less, understand what I’m trying to get at. And it becomes even more harrowing when the death of someone you’ve known all your life is one of the last links to not only your past, but also those of a previous generation.
Late this past week, Della Hanson — one of my aunts as well as my late father’s last surviving sibling — died, a reminder that not only has a great woman passed away, but also that of a generation, and one who played an important role in the shaping of the 20th Century of which they belonged to. The lives of not only my father and Della, but also their other siblings, weren’t easy — and with good reason: they, along with the generation that they belonged to, faced the kind of hardships that were, in most respects, no more different than what my generation is now facing, despite the many changes that have occurred since my father’s time.
And yet, my father’s generation also experienced its share of triumphs and achievements — and those are the kind that truly made a difference for everybody, and which shouldn’t be taken for granted. With one generation nearing the end of its existence, a reminder of an era that can never come back, it’s more important to remember its impact on both today and tomorrow’s generations — and perhaps encourage us to build a better future for all, while avoiding and correcting the mistakes that haunted past generations, including my father’s.
And so, one chapter of my family’s life is closed forever. But the memories that were a part of that chapter continue to live on — as does the legacy that my generation has inherited from my parents’, and one to be proud of. And in the long run, that’s what truly matters.
John Lavernoich is the author of the novels Code Name: Chameleons(published by iUniverse/Writers Club Press) and Chameleons To The Rescue(published by Lulu Books/Highroad Books), and the recently published short story e-book collection Tales Of The Psychiatrist(published by Book Country), as well as various non-fiction articles and short stories that have been published in print and on the Internet. To learn more about Mr. Lavernoich and his writing achievements, please visit his official website (https://sites.google.com/site/johnlav65), as well as his pages on Facebook(http://www.facebook.com/john.lavernoich?ref=name), MySpace(http://www.myspace.com/jlavernoich), Twitter(http://twitter.com/JLav65), and WordPress(https://johnlav.wordpress.com). Mr. Lavernoich also maintains his own video channel on YouTube‘s website (http://www.youtube.com/user/JLav65?feature=mhsn), his own Author Spotlight page on Lulu Books‘ website (http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/Highroad), his own Profile Page on Amazon Studios‘ website (http://studios.amazon.com/users/59488), and his Chameleons, Inc. and Pictures Shop websites via Google Sites(Chameleons, Inc. website: https://sites.google.com/site/chaminc2002; Pictures Shop website: https://sites.google.com/site/picturesshop13).
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