The sad, sad passage of time

Shirley Temple Black has passed away at 85.

The original child star– one without “the problems” that plague the “child stars” of today (some of whom remain children into their 40’s and beyond), who served brilliantly as a diplomat and public servant… in her day, the most popular movie star on Earth… and yet… a functioning human being. I took it as an article of faith that someone who was a huge movie star in an era before my parents were even born was not only still around, but would live forever.
No such luck. Another of the great ones, I now find myself having to mourn. This is really turning into a bad few months for this sort of thing.
R.I.P., Sweet Little Princess.