Annette Funicello, an original Mouseketeer, has passed away. I still get a smile when I think of her – along with Darlene, Cubby, Bobby, Uncle Roy and the rest – calling our her name at the start of the show. I only saw it in re-runs in the 60s, but that M-I-C-K-E-Y song is a vivid part of my childhood memory.
She was funny and cute, a talented singer and actor who built a career on her abilities. Her movies might take us back to a simpler time, but I have to say that I wouldn’t want to go back to those days. The simpler times in her movies were just that, simpler in the movies. Real life in the 50s and 60s had its own problems – government approved sexism and racism, to name just two.
And besides, I’ve read the warnings about longing for the past: the good old days never were all that good. But do you know what is good? Looking to the future.
Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13-14.)
Let’s look to the future in Christ. That’s where the good days are found.