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peg and steve

So, 50 years ago today , these two adorable, amazing, fabulous, fantastic folks tied the knot.

At an age when most people are still at the HEIGHT of teenaged dumbassery -that is totally a word-  they were looking at each other over a wedding license and seeing the future of a family.

I know that “times were different” then, and it would be easy to use that reasoning when thinking about them getting married at 18 and just chalk it up to “different times.”  I think that through the years, growing up, my sister and I have done that in our minds – painting a bit of a simplified, if not idealized, version of our parents’ love story in our heads.

But that’s not really it.   Before they were Mom and Dad, or Grandma and Grandpa, they were Peg and Steve….  There was first dates and butterflies and going steady and parental opinions and all the ups and downs of high school dating.

And also, there were two kids from two families, each with a history that would help shape their decisions regarding the future.   They may have been young, but their marriage was not something either of them entered into naively.   Not one bit.

I watch them together now – and I marvel at the connection.  They are two complete and separate people, but for the past 50 years they have shared the timeline of one life.  We have watched them cheer each other on, defend each other, sacrifice for each other, draw close to each other in times of sadness, or fright, or pain…   Their relationship formed the foundation of how our family would treat each other, and those we found connection with, in this world.   Has it been tested?  Well –  they had twin daughters… who were teenagers for a time… AND ONE OF THEM WAS ME.  Sooooo, yeah.

It has been tested.

But that foundation of our family – that always has been, and is now, and ever will be long after all of us have come and gone and generations have come to take our places – remains.  Somehow, under the weight of each new generation it supports, it only gets stronger.

So today I want to say thank you to my mom and dad.  50 years ago you made a brave choice to start a life together – and set in motion the story of all of us.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY – Maude and Daddy (Mom and Daddy, Nene/Nana and Pop, Steve and Peg)

We all love you so.

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Women – Read this. Then own it. Just Sayin’.

The ridiculous, ruthless, petty and pointless ways that I have personally seen women treat other women is something that never ceases to astonish me.

In both personal and professional spheres, behaviors that should have been left behind in the hallways and locker rooms of middle and high school rage on  – over contracts and cubical walls; through school drop-offs and girls’ night out cocktails.

Keri doesn’t do shocked, but it is enough to leave even me in jaw-fallen awe.

What the actual hell,  women? (BTW, I hate “what the actual _____________” as a saying, but seriously – it fits here.)

The lameness seems to have picked up pace lately, prompting me to vocalize my distaste (Keri is a giant BS caller – no BS allowed,) when I can, and spilling over into social media  – from my twitter feed in the past week:

March 8: “it’s @womensday, sisters! Celebrate by supporting the endeavors of the women around you, lifting each other up & rising above ego & judgment”

March 10: “I will never be able to understand a woman who hides or minimizes the depth of her knowledge. Own what you know and build upon it!”

This morning, thank goodness, I awoke to find a link to Dr. F Emelia Sam’s “The Grown Woman’s Oath” for The Huffington Post , and I swear I wanted to drive the streets with a bull horn reading her words to every woman I could get within earshot of my voice.

It was like YES!!  A THOUSAND MILLION TIMES YES!!!

HELL YES!!!

What a gift Dr. Sam’s words are – Simple.  True.

Attention Women.  Just stop what you are doing and read it. Then decide in your own heart that you are going to live it.

Here is the link in case you missed it: The Grown Woman’s Oath

Because enough.

Just Sayin’.

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