On February 22, 2012, Andrew Breitbart‘s second to last radio show he guest-hosted for Dennis Miller, he talked about the quick passage of time. He said if you ever want to slow time down, stare at the clock like you did in grade school. Time goes by so quickly that we don’t even know what day it is. He said, “If someone asked me the date, I’m usually about 3 or 4 days off.” Staring at a school clock will slow everything down, he assured us.
Sadly, we lost Andrew shortly after midnight on March 1. I first heard of Andrew way before the James O’Keefe/Hannah Giles sting on ACORN. I met him on Facebook in the fall of 2008 when I first joined the Dennis Miller Zone (DMZ), the message board for the radio show. Andrew was a member of DMZ just like the rest of us.
I saw him online one day on Facebook and chatted with him. All he talked about was how Dennis was his idol and he couldn’t believe that he’s guest-hosting his radio show. Shortly after I posted that I’d be sure to call in one day. He was afraid he wouldn’t have a lot of callers,
On December 19, 2008, I called to ask him how he breaks up fights among his 4 young children. I held on for an hour. I didn’t mind it really, I just had to use the bathroom bad and I didn’t know exactly what time I’d go on air. I was afraid I’d go on at the exact time the toilet flushed (which Erik Estrada later did in a phone interview with Dennis on-air!).
Then I heard the click and excitedly said, “This is Terri Jones, I’m one of your Facebook friends!”
To which he replied, “I know who you are!”
I asked my question but he said when it came to parenting ask his wife because he’s never changed a diaper. I would have responded with amazement that his wife was the only diaper changer but I didn’t want to expand on that topic with a full bladder.
He did, however, have a strategy for breaking up fights which was to sit his kids on the stairs until they resolved their differences. The show rewarded me with “Call of the Day” that day. I like to think it was because out of pity for holding on for so long in more ways than one.
Though this was more than 3 years ago, it’s like it just happened. When someone dies you don’t really measure time. You just remember those moments like they are still happening and they never ended.
Tonight, I think I’ll get my analog clock and just stare at it for a while, like I did back in grade school.
Today, August 4, is my parents’ 55th anniversary. They got married in a Hernando, Mississippi courthouse in 1956 after knowing each other for only 10 days. 55 years later, my dad writes this to his life-long partner:
Ode to My Wife Uva Nell Lassiter-Fortney
by Robert Fortney
A hammer and saw you cannot use
A shirt without buttons you avoid like the flu
For you a road map is shade
You care for your family and house like they are royalty.
Then you act like we deserve it.
Of course we don’t.
But MOTHERING is something you do.
You cook, clean, pet and soothe our hurts and fears away.
Most of all you love us one and all.
So you are already in the Mother’s Hall of Fame
And as your partner through these years,
I count it an honor and privilege to grow old with you.
As it was in our vows,
“‘Til death do us part,”
I LOVE YOU UVA NELL,
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While going through old photographs at my parents’ house, I found these photo gems of my grandmother Edna when she was a teenager and young adult from the 1920s. The name Edna means “rebirth.”
She stayed young and beautiful, frozen in this state, because she passed away from a leaky heart valve at age 39. My mom said she was smart, well-read and a fashion maven. I don’t doubt that The Great Gatsby was on her book shelf.
My grandmother is on the left, circa 1925. She sports a classic bob hair cut and a sailor dress. She is about 18 years old and hanging with her friends most likely dressed in clothes from Marshall Field’s.
Here’s another buddy picture. Grandmother is on the left. There’s not a lot of detail here but look at the cloche hats. Isn’t it amazing that women dressed so alike back then? And they sit on grass barely worrying about grass stains on their skirts.
Here she is on the right. Look at those gams wrapped in black silk stockings with pumps on her feet. Again, no worries about sitting on dirt and grass in elegant clothes. My cousin, who lived to age 92, told me that Edna wore holes in the knees of her stockings as they rode in cars, probably to prevent looking unladylike.
Don’t ask me what the donkey’s doing here. Your guess is as good as mine. Edna is on the left next to my grandfather Toy. Here’s more proof of ladies dressing alike with all skirts just above the knee and all shoes with straps across the front.
When it got cold, Grandmother (on the right) broke out the long coat but never covered her bottom legs. Who would cover them? That’s a fur-lined collar with the oh-so-delicate touch of a flower in her lapel. Laced up shoes kept her feet warm in the winter. And I told you she was smart – she’s the only one wearing a hat in this picture.
My grandmother’s not in this picture, but my grandfather is on the left. Even he was a sharp dressed man with a news boy cap, tie and a 3 (maybe 4) buttoned jacket. Check out the car and the ladies on the hood. I’m surprised the poleece didn’t come after them for looking so much like Bonnie and Clyde.
And that is the rebirth of Edna. Do you ever wish the Jazz Age could come back in style if even for a moment?
- Carey Mulligan is Baz Luhrmann’s Daisy in remake of The Great Gatsby (guardian.co.uk)
- Etsy Find: Bright Orange Cloche Hat – $13 (thebudgetfashionista.com)
- Logos of The Great Gatsby (neatorama.com)