Back to the 60s

April 18, 2018

As a change of pace from our usual walk into the square for marketing, errands, and lunch, Mom and I took a field trip to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. Perched on the edge of Boston Harbor, it’s a beautiful, powerful, exhilarating, and somber place to spend a couple of hours.

JFK-agh

I’m sure the thousands of school children who visit each year take some comfort in learning that young Jack was far from a good student. As these letters show, he was determined to do better, and his father expressed confidence that he’d turn out OK. Ha!

JFK-school Having grown up in Massachusetts in a politically active family of Catholic Democrats, Mom feels a kinship of sorts with the Kennedys. The politics of the 50s and 60s are vivid in her memory — in part, because she was so politically active herself.

JFK-convention

Watching parts of Kennedy’s speech at the 1960 Democratic Convention prompted snippets of her own participation at the 1972 Convention, when she chaired the Foreign Relations platform committee — a lively topic (to say the least) in 1972.

I love these Get Out the Vote ads. “Sure you’re busy — but…”

JFK-vote

No presidency is perfect, but the belief that the government has a vital role to play in building a better society for all that undergirded the Kennedy administration touched my heart again — especially in contrast to what passes for our current political leadership.

JFK-speech

In knitting news, I seamed Mom’s Wham Bam Thank You Lamb neck warmer while we waited for our lunch at our favorite bakery. Looks pretty spiffy, don’t you think?

Agh-neckwarmer

I’d like to think she can put it away until next winter, but given the wacky weather we’ve been having, she may need it this month!

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6 Responses to “Back to the 60s”

  1. deemallon Says:

    Fun to learn more about your Mom and your past. I think Catholics all over the world claimed Kennedy as “theirs” in some measure. In Ireland when I was there in the 70’s there he was — handsome Jack — framed on the wall right next to the pope.

    I can’t believe I’ve never visited the museum. Your post inspires me to make it a priority.

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  2. Anna Says:

    I am inspired ! to knit and to visit this wonderful place.

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  3. Patrick Dober Says:

    Beautiful, awesome post; covering all the bases.

    Thank you!

    On Wed, Apr 18, 2018 at 7:27 AM, Saltwater Hill Knits wrote:

    > saltwaterhillknits posted: “As a change of pace from our usual walk into > the square for marketing, errands, and lunch, Mom and I took a field trip > to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. Perched on the edge > of Boston Harbor, it’s a beautiful, powerful, exhilarating, ” >

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