The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. -Eleanor Roosevelt
Today is the 90th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote... how special is that???
It made me think about the beautiful, wonderful, powerful women throughout my life beginning with my Mom and Gram. While my life and dreams are mine, I am the embodiment of all that they are too:
- Mom's smile and mind - her intellect, love of history and teaching, her intensity
- Gram's heart and ability to laugh - her humor, love of hugs, her presence
I think of teachers like Mrs. Grant in 6th grade who made me read "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Illiad..." Mrs. Burnside who challenged me though high school English... Molly Petty and Mary Hill Cole who loved history and creative writing in college...
I think of my Aunt Jeannie who taught me about faith and belief in God.
I think of my Aunt Mary who challenged me to LIVE because each day could be your last.
I think of my grandmother Benson who taught me about strength in humility.
Consider the phenomenal women in your life from your past and your present - think of who they are and the difference they've made in your life - and for just a moment: APPRECIATE THEM and their Dreams for you. For those of you with daughters, teach them about the power of the past and remind them of the power of their own mind, their own abilities, and that their dreams ARE attainable!
Teach them to THINK.
Teach them to WRITE.
Teach them to ACT.
Teach them to BELIEVE...
and for the husbands, sons, and brothers out there -- remember Tennessee Legislator Harry Burn:
Thank you to Harry Burn who in the end changed his mind and cast the last deciding vote for suffrage because his mother asked that of him. In today's politically divisive world, we could all learn from Harry's choice. Although he didn't necessarily understand nor agree intellectually, he voted with his heart. He realized the impact his decision would have on others and chose to give rather than deny...