Friday, April 4, 2008

Legacies

Has anybody here seen my old friend Abraham?
Can you tell me where he's gone?
He freed a lot of people,
But it seems the good they die young.
You know, I just looked around and he's gone.

Anybody here seen my old friend John?
Can you tell me where he's gone?
He freed a lot of people,
But it seems the good they die young.
I just looked around and he's gone.

Anybody here seen my old friend Martin?
Can you tell me where he's gone?
He freed a lot of people,
But it seems the good they die young.
I just looked 'round and he's gone.

Didn't you love the things that they stood for?
Didn't they try to find some good for you and me?
And we'll be free
Some day soon, and it's a-gonna be one day ...

Anybody here seen my old friend Bobby?
Can you tell me where he's gone?
I thought I saw him walkin' up over the hill,
With Abraham, Martin and John.
"Abraham, Martin and John"
by Richard Holler, recorded by Dion
When I was a little girl, my sister had the 45 of this song. When I was old enough to understand, it always made me sad. How odd to realize that Reverend King was only 39 when he was killed, and Bobby Kennedy only 42. John Kennedy was 46, and Lincoln was 56. All quite young by today's standards, and I am older than King and Bobby Kennedy were when they died.
I've written numerous times about what kind of legacy we leave and how we will be remembered. Each of these men left a profound and long-lasting impression on our history, culture, and society, much longer than any of their lives. Each of them accomplished great things in the short time they were on earth. While most of us aren't quite of that caliber, we can resolve to do the best we can in order to leave a positive and lasting legacy within our own little circle of influence. My parents are still with us (happily), but I can say that I know they will leave a positive "footprint" on many lives, including mine and Ken's. While we might never achieve greatness, we can certainly aspire to the good, and to fond remembrance.

2 comments:

queeniemart said...

CNN is going to have a special on MLK and i have it ready to record. I think on Sunday. I have ached that we lost Bobby because if i had been born 20 yrs earlier than when i was, i would have voted for him if he had not been murdered.
hugs, lisa

buckoclown said...

Without a doubt, Mom and Dad have left a legacy with us.  They are my current role models, and I love them dearly. :o)