The King is Dead, Long Live the King!

Welcome to the last week of 2009.

I grew up watching the TV Show Family Classics every Sunday at my grandmother’s house on WGN in Chicago. 
Family ClassicsFrazier Thomas

Each week host Frazier Thomas would introduce us to old movies made “family friendly.”  Errol Flynn, ironically, was popular, with movies such as Robin Hood, The Sea Hawk and Captain Blood airing regularly.  In fact, many of the Family Classics movies were about kings and knights and such.

One of the cheers I routinely heard viewing these movies was, “The King is Dead, Long Live the King!” As a kid, this made zero sense to me.  Why would they say long live the king?  He just died.  Life’s unsolved mysteries…

It wasn’t until I was a little older that it dawned on me that they were talking about TWO DIFFERENT KINGS.  Duh.  NOW it made sense.

So why am I bringing this up?

Because The Old King is Dead, or at least about to die.  2009 is just about over.  Now is the time to reflect on this “king” and what life was like this past year.  All the highs, lows and everything in between.  It is time to pay our respects.  Take some time to sit and write about the year, this old kingdom that will never be again.  Don’t lose your experiences.

The New King is Alive.  2010 is about to begin, but before it does we have this final week of 2009 to Plan and Create what this new Kingdom will shape up to be.  Plans will most certainly change, fade away and other plans take their place.  Random events will pop up and make incomprehensible all the best-laid plans Of Mice(?) And Men.  Yet Plan we must, if we are to wrest any sense of control and direction from an increasingly demanding world.  Don’t get caught looking back a year from now, facing 2011, shaking your head wondering, “how did 2010 turn out this way.”  As they say, The Best Way to Predict Your Future is to Create It, so nail your List of Demands for King 2010 on the castle door now.

The King is Dead! Long Live the King!

Brad Scornavacco
Head of School