An Afternoon with Jackie

Jackie and JFK

This afternoon began with an hour of exercise led by a representative given to us by therapy of Greencroft Healthcare.  Then I slept in my chair for more than an hour.  I needed the relaxation.  Then I remembered that a movie about Jackie Kennedy waited on my computer for watching.  So I roused myself from my stupor by a cocktail of Tazo Awake English Breakfast Tea, 1,000 mg of Emergen C dietary supplement, and shot of apple cider vinegar with the mother from cranberries & honey over ice cubes.  I was wide awake through the entire movie.

Robert Kennedy

I am a history junkie and I liked the Kennedys.  The movie brought back memories of the deaths of JFK, Martin Luther King, and Robert Kennedy. In the movie Jackie spoke of the time of her husband’s death as being like Camelot, the court of the ancient King Arthur.

The Kennedy administration was challenged by the Russians in the Cuban Missile Crisis.  The nation became alarmed when the news spread that the president had moved to Key West.  Military equipment went down US Route 1 passing the Homestead voluntary service unit and the volunteers knew that something dangerous was underway.  My father and mother were visiting us in Tampa, Florida, but didn’t want to stay in Florida, so quickly traveled back to their Pennsylvania home.

The military advisors who were with JFK urged him to take military action, but the commander-in-chief remained calm and persisted in negotiating diplomatically with the Russian dictator.  When I was an overnight guest of the Mennonite African American pastor in Atlanta I commented on the large portraits of JFK, Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. on his guestroom walls.  The pastor assured me that they were prophets.

Leonard Dow

I did not disagree with him but I doubt that I understood him as I do now.  Churches and institutions will soon honor the memory of MLK.  Eastern Mennonite University will host  a woman whose mother, two cousins and a childhood friend were killed in the Charleston massacre on June 17, 2015. (Turn on your sound and click here to hear a powerful sermon on Jesus teaching about forgiveness).

Goshen College and College Mennonite Church will have Leonard Dow as a guest speaker. Dow was a leader among the Mennonite Churches in Philadelphia before joining the stewardship team at Everence.  Watching the movie  “Jackie” helped prepare me to celebrate Martin Luther King Day.



About Martin Lehman

I was born 92 years ago, the son of a Mennonite pastor and organic gardener in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. At age 10 I was baptized as a member of the Marion Mennonite Church. I own the "Old Fool" moniker because I want to walk the Jesus Way even though the world and much of the church takes me as a fool for doing so. In my life I have moved from being a young conservative to an elderly radical. I tell that story in My Faith Journey posted on my website.
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1 Response to An Afternoon with Jackie

  1. Thank you Martin for what you have shared. It brings me in touch with my own journey during this time in our history. Very formative and it has changed me as well!!!

    Blessings for your day! We missed you at our Sand Hedron meeting two weeks ago. This week it was canceled do to the cold!

    Blessing to you my good brother!!! I appreciate you so much.!!

    Dave Helmuth

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