Doc (echsdoc) wrote,

Dad = the rise and fall of Soviet Russia

This series of twenty year anniversaries (Dad's death, the San Francisco earthquake, the fall of the Berlin Wall) makes me think of the oddity of Dad's span of life. His conscious life was almost exactly the length of the Soviet Union. The October Revolution of 1917 and the fall of the Berlin Wall in October 1989 essentially mark the beginning and end of his conscious life. He was born January 1, 1915, and would not yet have had a memory of historical events in his second year. And when he died on October 10, 1989, no one could have predicted the events of the end of that month, when the Soviet Union began its precipitous crumbling into pieces. All his life the Soviets were the big cold war enemies, waiting with their atom bombs to attack the USA. It would have been impossible for him to conceive the changes that were so close in time at the moment he left Time itself. It sure makes a person wonder what elementary part of the consciousness of life might be coterminus with one's self.
Tags: family, history

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