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Life, as I See it… (03/04/2021)

Women’s History Month is an annual declared month that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. It is celebrated during March in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia. It goes hand in hand with International Women’s Day, which is celebrated on March 8.

There have been multitudes of women who paved the way before us. I admire and appreciate these strong and apparently fearless women.

Even in the 50’s and 60’s, when I as growing up, young girls and women were still being groomed to live our lives with one goal: How to get a husband and how to make his life comfortable. 

Thank goodness I was raised in a family of strong women. I was taught early on to stand on my own. 

I’m not saying you shouldn’t be a good wife, if you are married. What I’m saying is we should also know how to take care of ourselves, if needed.

I didn’t expect to be a widow at 50. But when I was, I picked myself up and started over.

Mine was a path I’ve always known God prepared for me. One step at a time, I learned how to do what needed to be done. 

In a recent conversation, I heard myself say that I learned early on – in my aloneness – one valuable lesson: Anything I couldn’t do, I hired someone who could.

We live our lives in chapters. My alone chapter lasted 14 years. During those years I often drew on lessons the women in my family had taught to me. 

So, this month as we celebrate great women of history, let us not forget our mothers, grandmothers, and aunties who were strong, reliable models for each of us.

Because of these women, life is good today.

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