It’s January 9. That’s a date I’m unlikely to forget.
My mother was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts on January 9, 1909. She would have been 108 years old today. She died at 66, two years younger than I am now, of heart failure. She was a wonderful woman and a great mom, and we lost her far too soon.
My first grandchild was born on January 9, ten years ago today. Happy birthday, kid! Your great-grandmother would have been hugely proud of you!
A bit later in 2017 I’ll experience the 40th anniversary of writing the Cop Talk column in American Handgunner magazine. The late, great Col. Rex Applegate had kicked off Cop Talk in the July/August 1977 issue http://americanhandgunner.com/1977issues/AHJA77.pdf . I was assigned the column a couple of issues later, the November/December ’77 issue which was the same one that introduced Col. Jeff Cooper as a contributing editor to the magazine http://americanhandgunner.com/1977issues/AHND77.pdf , and my first Cop Talk oddly enough was Part 2 of a Part 1 that had begun the issue before in a column then called The Combat Course http://americanhandgunner.com/1977issues/AHSO77.pdf .
…at the same time we remember Shakespeare’s admonition “What’s past is prologue,” and Santayana’s reminder that “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,” we also have to keep in mind that we can’t change the past (as much as those who practice disingenuous alternate history try), but what we CAN influence is the future.
Gonna keep on trying. For the next generation, like my granddaughter on her birthday today, and so many more.