My friend Marianne's mother died several years ago from breast cancer, but she still speaks of her often. Mrs. B must have been quite a woman. Here is one of Marianne's stories of her mom.
Mom used to say:"Girls, remember that you come from a long line of
strong and independent women." And "Barbie is not the standard to which
you should aspire" when my sisters wanted Barbie Dolls and she said no
to the requests. And "You don't need a man to define you." I heard this
one more than my 4 younger sisters because they all married and I never
Mom never wanted me to feel as though I was incomplete. Finally,
"Marianne, if things had turned out differently for you and
you married and had children, think about all the joyful interactions
and relationships you would not have been able to form with the children
in the library. Your own would have to come first. You have a lot of
love to give, and God saw fit to have you share that love this way."
all of those important lessons at crucial times in life, for all of the
understanding, for all of the sacrifice, for showing us how to live
with joy and honor, for showing us what it meant to be a strong and
independent woman capable of dealing with whatever life throws at us,
and for much more, I thank you Mom, every day. I am the woman I am
because of you! Miss you every day!