don’t hurry the journey

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I was once told–and it wasn’t a compliment–that the “problem” with me was that I “…was one of Kennedy’s kids.” If it hadn’t been for philosophies espoused by JFK and RFK, my critic continued, the United States would be a far different place.  I agreed…but added that I didn’t believe that would be for the better.

I feel the same about JBK–Jacqueline, First Lady, Jackie O. In the decade that took me from 10 to 20, I watched her journey from young woman and mother to still-young widow, jet-setter (remember that term?!), editor and grandmother.  Today would have been her 82nd birthday, and I’ve found myself wondering how she might have celebrated.

Her daughter Caroline has said that her mother’s favorite gift from her kids were the hand-written copies of their favorite poems.  Knowing the poem Ithaka was one she loved dearly…and that it was read at her memorial…I think a few lines here are perfect.

“Keep Ithaka always in your mind.
Arriving there is what you are destined for.
But do not hurry the journey at all.
Better if it lasts for years,
so you are old by the time you reach the island,
wealthy with all you have gained on the way…”  ~Constantine P. Cavafy

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