Remembering JFK at the Puerto Vallarta Writer´s Group


We met as usual on the 23rd of November but our theme was to remember and honour JFK who was so tragically murdered 50 years ago. David Lyons shared his experience of being in Washington as a teenager and Marion Folds her memories from Columbia. I was just 4 years old when the horrific news broke. It was November and in Wales usually a wet and dreary month. I was with my mother and it was raining which somehow fitted the mood in our home as we absorbed the news. I remember as a little child looking at the Kennedys and thinking what a great looking couple they made. Jackie was like a princess and a fashion icon with her impeccable style and dress sense. But there was more to it than just the glamour. Thousands of miles a way I sensed the impact of this loss. I knew somehow that JFK was a force for good. The world had become a darker place as this light of goodness was snuffed out.Yes, the United States had lost their President but the rest of the world had lost a friend and an ambassador for good. Since his death a certain amount of dirt has been smeared over his memory. None of it can alter my affection for this great man and the legacy of good he brought to the United States and rippled across the rest of the world. Don´t underestimate the memory of a 4 year old and the lasting impact made by the legendary JFK.

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About Charlotte Ortega

I am a family physician and writer.I am an active member of the Puerto Vallarta Writers Group and I am coordinating this years International Writers Conference to be held in March in association with Los Mangos Library.Winters are spent in Mexico to escape the cold and the summers in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. I am British born but have not lived in the U.K. since 1997. My blog is intended to inform would be travellers and those who view Mexico as a preferred retirement destination on every aspect of living in Mexico, the good and the other...My husband Humberto is Mexican and is a font of knowlege on the diverse cultural and social nuances which exist in this vibrant and colourful country.
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