I spent Valentines Day with Ben Vereen

Holidays are a hard time to be without loved ones. Valentines day is particularly hard to be without ones mate. It isn’t as if my husband and I went overboard in celebrating valentines day but it is a day for couples to be together and I was feeling a little down thinking about not having my other half  with me –so when a friend also widowed asked me if I was interested in getting a ticket to see Ben Vereen,  I said i was.

This talented  man was performing at the Aventura Cultural Centre in Florida. Seeing him brought back pleasant memories of fun times gone by. Seeing him  also left me momentarily feeling sad and melancholy.Years ago when Ben was just a young chap, hubby and I, along with a few other couples were in las vegas at the same  hotel where Vereen was staying.One of our travelling companions was a glamorous young woman with flaming red hair. Vereen seemed to be intrigued by her and when our paths crossed he always went out of his way to shmooze with her This very nice and dynamic lady whose hair colour changed frequently from fire engine red to strawberry blond to bright orange, and back to fire engine red, also recently passed away.

My feelings of sadness mainly dissipated when the concert was underway. Who can resist the allure of Ben Vereen. His voice and his performance earned him a standing ovation. He didn’t do too much dancing, perhaps because of his advancing age and the result of past injuries. Life wasn’t alway easy for him. When he was a young adult he discovered that he was adopted. He lost a d 16 year old daughter as a result of a car accident and  then suffered from depression and addiction to cocaine. In 1992 he suffered severe injures after being struck by a car.He thought his career was over. He did make a comeback in 1993. and continues to be a great entertainer . Kudos to you Ben Vereen.

 

 

About epsnider

E.P SNIDER is the pen name that I used to publish "WHY ME- a memoir". I used a pen name so as not to embarrass my spouse, my offspring, their offspring, my grand dogs and my friends. A dream came true when I had my first book published at the age of sixty-nine. "WHY ME? "is a collection of memoirs recounted from various stages of my life and the lives of those that I love or like at least some of the time. Most of the incidences are humorous-some are not. I am a senior but I feel more like a junior except for the aches and pains. When I look in the mirror I often see my mother or some other aging lady with wrinkles and sun spots. The amount and depth of wrinkling depends on which mirror I am looking into, the degree of lighting and how well my skin absorbed the moisturizing cream that day. Although I am mature in years, maturity is definitely not one of my virtues. If something strikes me as funny I get the giggles. Most of my family and many of our friends have a rather warped sense of humour-so I giggle a lot. Laughter plays an important role in our lives. My friends were a significant inspiration for me to begin my writing career. For the past number of years hubby and I have been spending part of the winter season in Florida to escape the sometimes bitter cold climate in Toronto Canada. Every year I send emails to those left behind. To my delight they find my emails to be hysterical and a cure for their winter doldrums. They compare my style of writing to that of the late Erma Bombeck. For those of you not familiar with the author-- she was a beloved American humorist in the 1970's and 1980's. I have loved literature and creative writing from an early age. I spent some of my growing up years in Alberta and won a prize for a best poem commemorating Alberta's bicentennial year. My grade seven teacher was a large and forceful woman, with white hair and course bristly white chin hairs to match. We were all intimidated by her and thus listened intently as she drilled us about parsing sentences and adverbs and adjectives. She provided me with a good basis of the English language. In addition to "Why Me" I have had a short essay published in a book of assorted memoirs by Canadian woman. I currently write for our Toronto Condominium newspaper. I hope to do more writing, although I am not sure if my family can cope with any more of my meltdowns when blocks of written material mysteriously disappear off of my computor. I admit I am computor and electronically challenged, but I will persevere. - - - - - - - - - - - Writing has been a passion of mine through out my life. Ever since I took a step forward and entered into the world of computers, a new world of opened up for me. I found myself engrossed in writing emails with lengthy updates about my life's recent highlights. To my delight, people found me...funny! I then offered to write for my condo newsletter, and I recently had a short memoir published. For the last several years I became glued to my computer, transferring my hand-written life adventure notes to an actual story of my life's defining moments. Finally, at the age of 69, I was done... I wrote a book! AND it's actually published. People are reading it. People are enjoying it. I am thrilled! Plus, it's one of the greatest gifts I could ever give my family. Talk about a dream come true. My advice to you: Think positive, keep your eye on the prize, and you too can enjoy as your dreams and desires come to fruition.
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One Response to I spent Valentines Day with Ben Vereen

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