I’m fortunate to have grown up with strong women as my role models. Yep, strong women, capable of anything.
Women who could help pull a calf in the middle of the night, get five kids to the school bus on time and hand-sew the sequins on a skating costume.
Women who did laundry with a basement wringer-washer, lugging it up the stairs and across the yard to a clothesline – in all seasons – before lunch.
Women who managed massive gardens and served multiple meals daily – all from scratch.
Women who never rolled their eyes at a kid’s last-minute request for a classroom cake.
Women who taught 4-H, shepherded us to piano lessons, drilled us on spelling and history, made us perfect our speeches, organized Christmas pageants and taught Sunday School.
Women like this served on the board of organizations and often joked about how if you want something done you best give it to someone busy.
They cooked, canned, and pickled enough to carry us all through a long, cold winter, every winter.
Women like this did what they did with grace and good humor and, in my mind’s eye, hardly broke a sweat.
So when I saw this Jackie Collins quote below, there were certain women that came to mind. Certain women, indeed.
Strong women. Smart women. The kind of women who stand up for themselves and do so in a way that says, “I’m nobody’s fool. Don’t you make me be yours.”
The kind of women I’m proud to claim as my own.
So I ask you this, think of someone you admire: who immediately comes to mind?