It’s been the kind of month that there was so much to write about, I couldn’t focus on one subject… until yesterday when it was announced that Shirley Temple died. Woe are we all. Or at least woe is me. To be Shirley Temple was my fantasy. Even today, if I know one of her old movies is on TV, there I will be, glued to the screen. And it’s not just the “Good Ship Lollipop” era. Her teenage years, when she performed with the likes of Cary Grant, were remarkable.
Like every other kid who watched her movies, I wanted to be able to sing, and dance and act. And I thought I could. If only my mother had allowed me to take tap lessons, I was sure I could have succeeded in the same way as Shirley, But no. She wouldn’t let me go to Miss Gerties Tap Studio because she said I wouldn’t practice. My mother was soooooo wrong. I could have been a star. Oh well, once again, dreams smashed to smitherines. (Not quite sure how to spell smitherines, but you got the picture.)
What was most amazing about Shirley was that she, unlike so many of her colleagues, had no apparent pill or drug problem. She was not a diva, nor did she act out for public attention. At 21, she left the screen, had a relatively normal life and became a successful political operative and and Ambassador. My life could have followed the same course. If my mother had only let me have those lessons. Instead, I skipped the part where I was a star and went immediately to political operative. There was no Ambassadorship. Or any high ranking job where people would have had to address me with a title for the rest of my life – like Ms. Vice President, or Senator so and so. I repeat, dreams smashed to smitherines. (Who cares if I can spell it).
David (with Ron Bennett and the Ambassador, before the 'gray hair era') at State ca. 1983
And speaking of Shirley Temple, (watch this transition), last week I made a quick trip to LA for Jordan’s birthday and a very funny show in which she was performing. (I apologize to all my West Coast friends and family, but it was quick and I didn’t have a car.) A good time was had by all. However, a strange thing happened. We had cocktails every night. Not just an ordinary martini or a rum and tonic, but things like “a ginger spice gum drop”. People in LA like specialty cocktails. Every bar and restaurant has their own designer drink.. While I don’t make a habit of putting surprise liquid in my mouth, it was a new experience.
David is at the Olympics shooting for the Olympic committee. Shooting with his old cameras . If you want to see him just look tor the big cameras and the mop of gray (Editor's note: Silver, not Gray) hair. No one else has either or at least, both together. Ty is vacationing at Oscar’s with his good friend Bosco, and I am sitting comfortably in a foot of snow. Tomorrow is Valentine's day. It was my favorite holiday, then it wasn’t and now, I think it is again.
Home or away, David makes everything special. Hope you all have a romantic day, whether it be with a partner, alone with your favorite music, or with a good friend who has always laughed at the same things you do. Hearts and flowers, always a good thing.
We’re just sayin…. Iris