I haven't watched any movies this week. I've been too busy reading and giving good lovin' to Elvis Aaron Schwarz.
|Hi! Remember me?
I'm Elvis Aaron Schwarz.
Janie gave me lots of good lovin' and I gave her three books she's never read.
I haven't started reading the books he gave me because I want to finish what I'm reading right now. For your reading pleasure, however, I'd like to suggest a book I read recently called Going Home To Glory. It's David Eisenhower's account of the end of his grandfather's (Dwight Eisenhower's) presidency, his grandfather's move to Gettysburg with wife Mamie, and eventually, his grandfather's death.
Julie Nixon Eisenhower co-authors.
I found David Eisenhower's memories of his grandfather quite sweet and endearing. I thinks it's especially poignant when the family arrives at a welcome ceremony in Gettysburg, and David recalls that he couldn't run to his grandfather:
My sisters and I had taken places among a crowd of grade school classmates. I had seen my grandfather many times on television, as he returned from trips overseas, or addressed Congress or the United Nations. I had seen documentaries about his role during World Was II, and I had ridden with him in the presidential limousine through parades and motorcades, but I had never watched him as part of a crowd. The connection between the man on a television screen and the man I knew had always been somewhat abstract. I had never comprehended the barriers between Granddad and others, or experienced them as others had. I realized that if I ran forward that night to the podium, a policeman would restrain me and that I would wreck the decorum of the ceremony. This tugged at me slightly. Yet looking around me, all the people I knew seemed to regard the sight of Granddad on the platform addressing the crowd, waving, being blinded by cameras, ringed by police, as perfectly natural. This, I thought, either set me part from my friends or set me apart from my grandfather. It occurred to me I had not fully appreciated that familiar and now suddenly distant bald, silhouetted figure being serenaded and honored by my friends.
David Eisenhower goes on to recount many interesting stories about "Granddad," who seems to have been a rather stern taskmaster, yet loving and generous grandfather. One year, Granddad even fired young David from his summer job at the Eisenhower home.
The Eisenhower home in Gettysburg is the only house Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower ever owned because of the many moves they made during the General's career with the Army. We visited the house one summer and found it very interesting. It's fun to read David Eisenhower's recollections of a place I've actually seen. I remember the sun porch, where it was said the Eisenhowers liked to watch TV. David recalls his granddad as a remote control hog.
David also points out that when his grandfather left the presidency, he regained the title of "General," which was for life, whereas "President" is only for the time in office. I wish David Eisenhower had more to say about his grandmother, Mamie. He mentions that she often spent the day in bed. I read an article some time ago that stated Mamie Eisenhower suffered from depression. Perhaps this is the reason David remembers his grandmother staying in bed. Anyway, I'm curious about the former First Lady, and I feel a bit sorry for her. Next up in the White House was the stylish and sophisticated Jackie Kennedy. Poor Mamie was then considered rather dowdy.
If you have any interest in history or these unique memories of a famous family's relationship, then I recommend you read Going Home to Glory: A Memoir of Life With Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961 - 1969. You can purchase the book at amazon.com by clicking on the following link:
This book has The Janie Junebug Seal of Approval.