Thursday, February 25, 2021

February Blogging Challenge -- Day 25


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25) What is a topic you could talk about for hours if you had a captive audience? What would you tell them?

Junk conspiracy theorists love to point to superficial similarities between the Kennedy and Lincoln assassinations (Both their names have seven letters! Both were shot in the head!) and conclude the two events were somehow destined. I'm more interested in the real-life similarities between their wives.

In addition to sitting beside their husbands when they were shot, both Mary Lincoln and Jacqueline Kennedy:

•  Were "daddy's girls" and sure they were their father's favorite

•  Lost a child before entering the White House (Mary's son Eddie, Jackie's still-born daughter Arabella) and then again as First Lady (Mary's son Willie, Jackie's son Patrick)

•  Spoke fluent French, which their husbands believed lent them a little reflected class

•  Made their husbands crazy with their spending on clothes

•  Were discouraged from being with their husbands when they died (Mary was banished from the deathbed, Jackie literally slugged a nurse to get into the trauma room)

•  Lived abroad as widows -- Mary and her son Tad spent years traveling through Europe and Jackie lived in Greece with her second husband, Aristotle Onassis

This is off the top of my head. I'm sure there's more if I looked it up.

I'm not implying that these similarities mean the assassinations were cosmically connected. That's ridiculous. But I do wonder what it was like in Heaven when they met. I suspect Mary said, "At last! Someone who gets me!"