John Lennon has been an important part of my life for many years. As a young girl, I adored The Beatles. I loved John’s ‘tongue in cheek’ wit. As I grew older, I realized my sense of humor was a bit like his (OK, a lot like his BUT genetically speaking I was pre-programmed with this “gift” or mouth as some may say). Ray and I watched A Hard Day’s night several days ago. We laughed till we cried…so much tongue-in-cheek loveliness. We sang also. Always a good thing.
John Winston Lennon…a strong name. What you don’t know is the W in J.W stands for Winston. My son was a man of strength and I had the good sense to realize that when naming him. He loved the fact that his middle name came from a Beatle. Like his mama, he liked them too! I like to think they are hanging out in Heaven…J.W could give John a run for the money on ANY song. That was one of his gifts.
The picture to the side is called THE HUG. It is a lithograph that I have had for decades. In my old house, it was the first thing you saw when stepping in the foyer. Every time I saw it, it made me smile. And NO, I did not hate Yoko…people fall in love. I can tell you that this lithograph will definitely be packed in a crate when we move.
December 8, 1981 on the one year anniversary of John’s death, we were in Liverpool. It wasn’t planned but we were in London and when I realized the anniversary was approaching. I packed some things and off we went by train. It was an amazing experience. Huge crowds of young people were gathered. Many crying, many singing. It is an experience I’ll never forget. That first anniversary was Epic with a capital E.
While in Liverpool I handed a cab driver a list of addresses. I asked him if he could take us to the places on my list. He looked at the list and said, “sure, but it looks a bit daft.” My list consisted of addresses where the lads grew up, places named in songs, and other milestone spots. When I explained we were doing “a Beatle tour” he became excited. We even stopped for lunch. J.W would have loved it but it happened two years before he was born.
When I was in Ajijic, Mexico a few weeks ago, I walked down the cobblestone driveway of the hotel to explore the area. I turned right on to the street and walked down a few houses. This is what I saw.
I stopped mid step and became teary. For many reasons. It reminded me of my son. It reminded me that this world has gotten itself WAYYYYY off course (my opinion, don’t be hating on me). This is a powerful song with a powerful message. Imagine…John had it right.
I turned and started walking in the opposite direction. At that point, I knew I would be doing a post on John Lennon and the Imagine gate. A very good friend saw that photo and suggested I do a blog post about it. I had to laugh because that decision had been made a few weeks prior. Great minds. XOXO, YOU know who you are.
When I visited Lakeside, I didn’t know what to expect. To find John Lennon there…kind of life changing. I can’t wait to show hubby in person.
Thank you for visiting. It is always appreciated.
Peace out (that is for my precious J. Winston).