So it might be a cold, grey, October Morning (just about) but I’m feeling quite perky this morning. I got to take advantage of my sisters staff card yesterday, and she treated me to a lovely, lovely stripey autumn/winter jumper. I’m paying her back in monthly instalments for the next three months. Times are hard.
I love Autumn and Winter. I consider the stunning golds, reds and oranges of the autumn leaves that gradually fall from tree to ground, leaving the brittle bark exposed to the elements as winter comes around, to be true natural beauty at it’s absolute best. I even love the low, bright winter sun, that seems to shine more than in the unpredictable summer months. And despite the occasional and inevitable gray day (made more gray if you live in a city, I’ve found) and the ever increasing cold, the autumn and winter months are by far my favourite of the year.
And today would be John Lennon’s 70th birthday, so after listening to the magical Imagine, I put on a cd of The Beatles which is definitely keeping the smile on my face. I never used to be much of fan but you can’t dislike The Beatles in Liverpool for long. I probably lasted until the third year, but then, as I almost expected, I came around to Liverpool’s heroes – and I’ll never look back.
It’s strange to think about what John Lennon might have done, had he not been killed on that fateful day in 1980, and it’s something which is playing on my mind a bit today. I don’t pretend to be a Lennon expert, far from it, but I wonder how much of chance peace would have been given if he’d still been around to encourage it. I don’t know how much of an impact his beliefs had before he died, and I don’t know what impact they would have now, if any at either stage, but I think the sentiments of his beliefs will always have resonance.
“Imagine there’s no countries, It isn’t hard to do, Nothing to kill or die for, And no religion too, Imagine all the people, Living life in peace…
You may say I’m a dreamer, But I’m not the only one, I hope someday you’ll join us, And the world will be as one.”
I wish I was in Liverpool today to see what’s going on. But it would be a break in tradition for me to be there when something big was going on. I always seemed to be elsewhere when there was an anniversary, or a memorial in Liverpool. I guess today, and the future will be no different.