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Vernis, Twink, Leila, Judy, and Esther

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"Aging is not lost youth, but a new stage of opportunity and strength." -- Betty Friedan

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Over the years, I have had the great fortune of knowing many strong, powerful, big-hearted women from the generations before me.  Watching them move through their lives with grace and integrity, with good humor and a sense of beauty, have been a gift to me.  Because they have shown me that "aging" is not something to dread or fear.  No.  They have shown me that "aging" can be a new beginning, a time to GO and DO, a time to speak out and take a stand, a time to do the things you want to do!

So today, at the end of Women's History Month (and a couple of days before I turn a year older myself, I might add!) I'd like to honor Vernis, Twink, Leila, Judy, and Esther.

Vernis, who showed me that you should never stop advocating for the things you care about.  (Also, that you can really rock the wrinkles and that "pink" is a good color, no matter your age.)

Twink, who showed me that you're never too old to try something completely new and different.  (Also, that grey hair can be incredibly cool, how to throw a great party, and how to employ the "squint test" when matching colors.)

Leila, who continues to show me how to bring beauty to outdoor spaces with her amazing gardens.  (Also, that you should never stop learning, even if you have to buy a "got-dam" computer to do it!)

Judy, who continues to inspire me to keep moving and stay fit.  (Also, that you, too, can wear a smokin' swim suit at age 75 if you swim 3 miles each day.)

Esther, who I really don't know, but comes in to the knitting shop frequently for more projects to work on.  She's in her upper 80s, and claims she "doesn't like crosswords" but knitting and cross stitch keep her mind nimble.

They have all helped me see that aging truly IS a new stage of opportunity and growth.  What a gift!

 

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