Had a bit of a discussion in the Betrayed Men's thread regarding this, after we got our allergies under control.
At first glance, this may seem depressing to some that he managed to have a marriage so good, while the rest of us... not so much. His song does say he wants to do the good times all over again. Here are a couple of thoughts I posted there.
As for Fred, I have no idea what life was really like for him, probably had a lot of crap times too, what with getting married as a young man in 1940 and all. Global warfare on an industrial scale kinda puts a damper on pleasant home life I imagine.
Your mileage may vary... in accordance with the prophecy.
I suppose one of the differences is that for earlier generations, they accepted that parts of life would suck, and would persevere through them to enjoy the better times. An attitude I am afraid got lost with Dr. Spock and such, or maybe the modern attention span isn't long enough to stay focused on what is important through the periods that do suck.
I am happy for him that he can look back on his life that way, but I don't envy him, he is also at a stage where he knows he can never have what he lost again.
I suppose I am strange, but I kinda identify with the philosophy that the saddest thing that can happen is to achieve all of your dreams.
As for Fred himself, he seems like a good guy to me. I`d buy him a beer if I could be sure it wouldn`t kill him.
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