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Do You Remember June 20, 1975?

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Monday, July 27, 2020

The date was June 20, 1975. If you were alive then, do you remember what you were doing? It so happens I do. That was the day Steven Spielberg’s movie Jaws previewed in theaters everywhere! In the opening scene, a beautiful woman glides gracefully through the water, beneath the soft moonlight, unaware of the dangers below. Suspenseful music captivated the audience as they clung to their seats!

In a flash, the woman was attacked by a Great white with a voracious appetite and rows of razor-sharp teeth! It was chilling …💦.....and unforgettable!

My mind is a memory bank for days gone by.
Once they are gone, they are gone forever, save for the memories.

In 1962, while living with my aunt and uncle I said on a Monday how I wish it were Friday. Wisdom answered when she looked in my eyes and said, “Why do you want to wish your life away? It will go fast enough by itself!”

My Aunt has been gone over twenty years, but her words live on.
The other day I was at the grocery store, checking out and the clerk said, “I like to stay busy. It makes the time go faster.” I wonder why the hurry. Will things be better then than now? Is Friday a day to celebrate life more than the other six days?

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  • CURIOUS2020
    Silly...Jaws still thrills me. Chrissy was that first girls name.....and she was skinny dipping
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    160 days ago
    Did watch that movie but only after I moved away from the ocean! Haha
    163 days ago
  • SHARON10002
    On June 20th 1975, i was teaching school, and in the process of working on my Master's thesis while taking 2 other summer school classes to finish up my class requirements for my MS. I never have seen this movie, but know lots of people who did.

    Obviously, I was always eager for Friday afternoons because it allowed for some downtime on Saturday, time for me to do whatever I wanted, or just to recuperate from the busy week. Sunday afternoons were spent in the library researching and writing, and of course, then came Mondays - back in school. This continued for another year, including teaching school full-time, until my graduation the following summer. I remember the feeling of accomplishment, but even more so the feeling of gratitude and appreciation of getting my life back. I am waiting now for that feeling once again.

    I remember as a teenager always looking forward to "milestones", but that stopped when I turned 21.

    We make the most of each day lately as best we can. I miss our family tremendously, and look forward to the time we can once again return to life as we know it to be.
    168 days ago
    Wise words!! emoticon
    174 days ago
    It's a classic! emoticon
    We're gonna need a bigger boat! emoticon
    174 days ago
    Your Aunt sounds like my Mom. And 1975, that was an emotional, hard, action-packed summer for me and I remember it well, but with good memories, plus I learned how strong I really was.

    The thing about your blogs is how thought provoking they are for me. Thank you.
    174 days ago
  • no profile photo INCH_BY_INCH
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    174 days ago
    Excellent. Really makes you think.

    174 days ago
  • THOMS1
    I saw that movie then and whenever we are in Florida and I look at the ocean I think of it. I have never even stuck my big toe in the Gulf as you never know. emoticon emoticon
    174 days ago
    I was 8 and doubt that I saw it that day, but I saw it that summer for sure, and more than once!
    174 days ago
  • MANGO1960
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    175 days ago
    Our drive in showed it as a second run in 1976..... I was five and sitting in the back seat of my dad's Charger. I wouldn't get in the bath tub without him "checking" the water first for nearly six months.

    It is still one of my favorite films!!! emoticon emoticon
    175 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    I always try not to wish my life away, enjoy each day as it comes but I do have to say that Friday at 3pm is one of my favorite times as I am on the way home from work and the weekend is before me!
    Have a fantastic evening!
    175 days ago
  • FITNIK2020
    I remember. It was s topic of conversation in August when we were on the beach.
    175 days ago
    I remember when I watched Jaws. I didn't go swimming at the beach for awhile lol.
    175 days ago
    What a movie! What a franchise! (It's still being quoted in a car-advert on tv at the moment..."We're going to need a bigger boat!"). ET and Gremlins were the first Spielberg movies we were allowed to watch as kids, and Gremlins only happened because it was advertised as being a 'Family Christmas movie', during a time we were only allowed to watch Disney-type family movies.

    As for the time-wishing game, reminds me of the quote, "Youth is wasted on the young"...didn't believe it when I heard it as a youngin'....these days...I'm a believer!

    Thanks for this blog, cheers!
    175 days ago
    I have often thought the same as your aunt--even while wishing that my children would hurry through a particularly difficult "phase". We know we can always survive a difficulty as long as it's temporary; thus, the inclination toward wanting it to pass quickly.
    175 days ago
    live life to the fullest
    175 days ago
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    175 days ago
    I remember Jaws and didn’t The Exorcist come out that summer too?
    175 days ago
  • DSJB9999
    1 was 4 and don't think my parents would have wanted my 2 year old brother or I to watch it then. Seen it since and was scared. I have told my children not to wish the days away too but it's very hard not too some days! Excellent blog Jan and thanks for sharing with m emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon !
    175 days ago
  • MARTHA324
    Yikes! I certainly remember Jaws and still get chills over that movie. "We're going to need a bigger boat!" is sort of the understatement of all time.

    And your Aunt had wise words. Live for today.
    175 days ago
  • JULIEA7201
    Always like the work day to go fast but yes the personal time could slow down a little!! My mom said something similar to me when my daughter was born. Don't wish for the next milestone, enjoy the stage she is at, they grow up soon enough!! So true!!
    175 days ago
    175 days ago
    I have never watched the entire movie.
    Very thoughtful blog and not wishing the time away.
    175 days ago
    I remember Jaws

    I do not look forward to the time going by fast I want to enjoy every minute that I have but then I know what it is to want to no longer care about anything so I look forward to life
    175 days ago
    I remember it but I don't know if I ever saw the movie
    175 days ago
    Time sure seems to go by faster the older & wiser a person gets. Your Aunt was wise in passing down her words of advice to you. Just like the word of "Take time to stop and smell the roses". Once that moment is gone it it's gone forever to either be a memory or it's just gone.

    Take the time today to stop and smell the roses... emoticon
    175 days ago
  • LIS193
    All days are special - your aunt was right, make the most of every day, time is precious
    175 days ago
    we watched it sitting on the non-skid deck in the helo hangar of USS VOGE FF1047 - they projected the film on the helo hangar door - Big Screen!
    175 days ago
    I remember seeing Jaws the first time, but then years later, it really aged and the cinematography made it dated and far less scary...
    175 days ago
    I remember that well, we stood in a LONG line to see the premier of Jaws. I jumped so high so many times in that movie from that shark! We spilled our popcorn too! emoticon We watch it now, the shark looks so fake!
    As a kid, I'd say can't wait to be 18. I was told, "when you get older you'll wish you were back being a kid. Don't wish your life away". Wise words!
    Have a good week. emoticon
    175 days ago
    we watched it sitting on the non-skid in the helo hanger of USS VOGE FF1047. They projected the movies on the helo hanger door - big screen!
    175 days ago
    I consider, each day as a gift. I hope we have many many more!

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  • GRAMMY065
    Thanks for the reminder!
    175 days ago
    We had a pack of three that went to see it in the theatre. Someone had told us that you did not see the shark until half-way through so two of us were constantly asking the third what time it was. I just remember it as a movie with a lot of really funny lines.
    175 days ago
  • JAMER123
    I was taking care of our 1 year old and working the evening shift. Never did see the movie.
    175 days ago
  • _CYNDY55_
    June 20, 1975 I was 20 years old. I remember seeing Jaws emoticon . Don't remember where I saw the movie. Or who I was with.
    Thank you so much for sharing! Loved your Blog!
    175 days ago
    Thanks for sharing the memories, Jan.
    175 days ago
    Yes I remember Jaws. I think we have watched that movie at least half a dozen times.
    Memories are all we have left as our days grow shorter and the times goes faster.
    I always said "I can't wait" for whatever it was, now I just wish time would slow down so I can enjoy it more.

    Thanks Jan for another great blog! emoticon emoticon
    175 days ago
    This is so true. When I was working, I lived for Friday's so I could have the weekend off. Once I retired, Friday was no different than any other day and I wish time would slow down. Not only because I don't have to go to work anymore but also because at my age, I realize every morning I wake up is one more day I get to spend here on earth with my family. I do remember Jaws. It was one of those movies that kept you on the edge of your seat for sure.
    176 days ago
    Oh Yes, I do remember Jaws!!!!! All I have to do is to hear the opening notes of the theme and my heart starts beating faster. Two weeks after the movie came out, we went to Florida and I was being teased about my hesitation going into the ocean. My husband was walking out to call to our niece who was out a bit too far for our liking, when he stepped on a small jellyfish. It stung him and I swear he literally walked on water back to shore. I was rolling in the sand laughing.

    As for wishing that time would pass. I am old enough now to NEVER do that anymore. It is too precious.

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    176 days ago
    Celebrate all moments! emoticon
    Have a beautiful Spark filled healthy week emoticon
    176 days ago
  • JUDYD207
    176 days ago
    I was a teen when Jaws came out. I do remember seeing it at some point,maybe at the Drive In.

    Maybe the clerk was saying that she liked to keep busy, so she wasn't thinking about all the chaos around us right now.
    I am usually a pretty positive person, but Covid and all the craziness that has come with it, has tested my positivity at times. emoticon
    176 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/27/2020 7:11:13 PM
    My parents wouldn't let me see Jaws. I probably did anyway.

    As a kid, I did wish it was Friday - alot! With the pandemic, I just try to live in the moment.
    176 days ago
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