Happy Memorial Day. While many celebrated today with picnics and cookouts, pool parties and beach holidays, I hope a moment was taken observe the true intent of this day – honoring our brave servicemen and women who made the ultimate sacrifice so that we can have picnics & cookouts and pool parties & beach holidays. Let a veteran know his or her hard work was and is appreciated.
We lost a television icon on May 28. Gary Coleman, who portrayed the character Arnold Jackson on the hit sitcom Diff’rent Strokes, passed away from head injuries sustained in fall at his home in Utah. Although he grew to dislike the character and catchphrase that him famous – “Whatchoo talkin’ ’bout Willis?” – I hope he understood the hours of joy he and the cast of Diff’rent Strokes provided me and countless other children of the ’80s who sang along to the theme song, swooned over Arnold’s older brother Willis and thought of Arnold as the little brother they either had or wished they had. Farewell, dear fellow.
We also lost Dennis Hopper on May 29, 2010 after a valiant fight with cancer. I am too young to remember his hit Easy Rider, and only saw a few of his films, Blue Velvet being the standout for me. Goodnight to a great writer and actor.
A member of the Temptations lost his battle with cancer on May 30, 2010. Ali-Ollie Woodson was not a founding member of the Hall of Fame quintet, but was lead singer in the ’80s and ’90s. I remember humming along to “Treat Her Like a Lady” while it played on the radio and loving the conviction in his voice and velvety delivery. Thank you for sharing your gift with the world.
As the extended weekend draws to a close, I am reminded more than ever how fleeting life is. Remember to tell those closest to you how much you love them and don’t assume they already know. Take time from your busy days to smell the roses, appreciate a clear blue sky and have one good belly laugh.
May you continue to be showered with God’s blessings and mercies.