This is for our 10 grandchildren on our 50th anniversary:

Granny and I grew up in a magical place. It was in the 800 block of North Hagan Avenue in New Orleans and called the Imperial Show, owned by René Brunet, now the owner of the Prytania Theatre. The Imperial, compared to that, was the size of a postage stamp, but in our imaginations it covered the whole world.

Father Clyde F. Crews, in his 1983 excellent book of essays, “Fundamental Things Apply,” brings our memories back to our childhoods and 1943 and the Oscar-winning movie, “Casablanca,” with Humphrey Bogart as Rick and Ingrid Bergman as Ilsa.

Dooley Smith, a great black pianist, sings the beautiful “As Time Goes By,” which contains the lyric, “the fundamental things apply as time goes by.”

Father Crews says that Christmas reminds us that the world is still worth crying about. It has such a long way to go, but it has much good awaiting our discovery.

Christmas and its season says that we may work in peace because our task is not ours alone. None of us has to stay locked up in our own seriousness. The world is worth trusting and defending and playing in and wondering about. As Tiny Tim said at Christmastime, “God bless us, every one.”

Vincent T. LoCoco


New Orleans