Share Your World — News, Cringeworthy Christmas Songs, and Holiday Dishes

Share Your WorldIt’s Monday and that means it’s time for Melanie’s Share Your World prompt.

What news event do you vividly remember hearing about as a child, and where were you?

The news event that most vividly stands out in my memory was on November 22, 1963, the day that then-President John F. Kennedy was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas. It was a Friday afternoon and I was standing on a ladder in the high school gymnasium putting up decorations for a dance that was scheduled for that night. The school’s principal came over the PA system and announced that the president had been shot. Suddenly everyone — students and teachers — went silence. The only sounds that could be heard were people crying, sobbing, and sniffling. It was eerie, sad, heartbreaking, and devastating.

What is a Christmas song that makes you cringe?

Pretty much all of them. I’m not a big fan of Christmas music.

What is one place you shop(ped prior to Covid) that might have surprised people?

I don’t know. Spencer’s Gifts, maybe.

What is your least favorite holiday side dish?

Anything made with sweet potatoes (e.g., soufflé, casserole, whatever).

Share something heart warming that’s happened to you lately.

My wife and I got a visit from our son, our daughter-in-law, and our grandson on Saturday. He’s seven months old and is such a good, happy baby. And then our son held up a baby-sized t-shirt that said, “World’s Best Big Brother” as he announced that they are expecting their second child. Yay!

27 thoughts on “Share Your World — News, Cringeworthy Christmas Songs, and Holiday Dishes

  1. Melanie B Cee December 14, 2020 / 9:53 am

    Thanks Fandango for Sharing Your World! Congratulations on the coming addition to your family. It must be the season, because next year I too will get a new “great *insert niece or nephew*. My niece is expecting her second and told the family on Thanksgiving at dinner. What nice surprises!! ☺ I was three and a bit when JFK was assassinated, and I still remember my mother sobbing and how upset she was for weeks. I didn’t quite ‘get’ it, but it’s truly one memory that continues to stick with me over these long years! It seems a really good possibility for a good world was killed that day, doesn’t it? Well unless you’re Stephen King. He wrote a long(ish) novel entitled 11/22/63. It showed a very grim and very different ending based on the premise that Kennedy wasn’t killed. I was far too young to be affected really, except that the event shaped the world I grew up in. I suppose it changed the whole world for everyone in America.

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    • Fandango December 14, 2020 / 10:17 am

      Yes, it did change the world for everyone in America. We lost our innocence on 11/22/63.


  2. rugby843 December 14, 2020 / 9:55 am

    What a cute way of announcing it! Congratulations again! Theres nothing like the love of grandchildren. Agree with the Kennedy news. Devastating, and then it seemed the assassinations and attempts were prevalent after that 😪

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  3. newepicauthor December 14, 2020 / 10:49 am

    I never developed a taste for sweet potatoes. It sounds so good as I love potatoes and I like most things that are sweet, but sweet potatoes are just awful.

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    • Fandango December 14, 2020 / 11:38 am

      I agree. My wife loves them (as do my kids). When my wife and I baked potatoes for dinner, we bake a russet potatoes for me and a sweet potato for her.

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      • Marleen December 14, 2020 / 12:12 pm

        I can stand an intact sweet potato (possibly with butter or whatever) at, for example, Outback Steakhouse. But any mashed up preparations are unappetizing. And I prefer regular potatoes, in any form, anyway, in most situations.

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  4. Marleen December 14, 2020 / 12:23 pm

    I think people who were too young to be aware in November of ‘63, but were still called boomers, had a different kind of childhood and upbringing.

    My memory of becoming politically aware was the Nixon hearings. I remember my cousins moving back from Florida and the news on the tv in their hotel room.

    Some of us, too, didn’t know the kind of parent(s) we had. I wasn’t just now reading a Washington Post article about the attempt to hijack the 1960 election.

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  5. Marleen December 14, 2020 / 12:54 pm

    All interactions with my sons calling or Skyping to say hello (or visiting outside when it’s warm enough) are heartwarming. Yet I have not received such a wonderful visit as you enjoyed just days ago, Fandango. I’m happy your son and his wife have made a point to work out a way to visit you and your wife with the baby and announce the growing family!

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  6. Carol anne December 14, 2020 / 1:03 pm

    congradulations on becoming a grandad again fandango! How exciting! xo

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    • Fandango December 14, 2020 / 1:55 pm

      Thanks, Carol Anne. It is very exciting.


  7. Sadje December 14, 2020 / 5:57 pm

    Oh wow, that visit must’ve cheered you guys up. Great news. Grandpa twice!

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  8. leigha66 December 21, 2020 / 10:16 pm

    Congratulations on the second grandchild, a very clever way to announce it. Spencers is a fun store! My vivid memory … when Elvis died. My best friend from across the street was over playing and when we heard the news she rushed home because her mom was a HUGE fan of his.

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