FEMINIST FRIDAY – Celebrating Ginny

“We can have feminist icons, but the real heroines are just quietly doing what is needed”  Osyth

 

Thirty eight years ago when my oldest son started kindergarten, I met a group of women who have become my lifelong friends and companions on this journey of life.  One of these women is my dear friend, Ginny.

Ginny was the driving force that made possible these lifelong friendships.  When our children were in the eighth grade and soon to go all different high schools, Ginny put together our lunch group.  For 30 years we have gotten together once a month to laugh and cry and to keep in touch with each others lives. During those 30 years our group suffered enormous losses.  We lost husbands, children and friends.  We were the very best medicine for each other.   Because after each tragedy, we taught each other the lesson that it was alright to continue to laugh and live.   We could not and would not have stayed together except for Ginny.  She kept in touch with all of us and made sure that we met once a month to celebrate someone’s birthday.  She  had many troubles in her life but she always remained optimistic and no matter what was going on in her life would be concerned about my life.  She was our fearless and much loved lunch leader.

My dear, brave friend lost her battle to cancer last week.  She leaves a hole in my life that cannot be filled.  I will forever miss hearing her say,   “And how are you honey and where do you think we should meet for lunch.”  The following quote from Audrey Hepburn was Ginny’s credo:  “THE BEST THING TO HOLD ONTO IN THIS LIFE IS EACH OTHER.”  

GINNY YOU ROCK!

 

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FEMINIST FRIDAY – THE INCOMPARABLE AUDREY HEPBURN

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I like to introduce a woman who needs no introduction, who was loved by men, women and children across the world.

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Actress, fashion icon, and philanthropist Audrey Hepburn was born on May 4, 1929, in Brussels, Belgium. At age 22, she starred in the Broadway production of Gigi. Two years later, she starred in the film Roman Holiday (1953) with Gregory Peck. In 1961, she set new fashion standards as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Hepburn is one of the few actresses to win an Emmy, Tony, Grammy, and Academy Award.

In her later years, acting took a back seat to her work on behalf of children. She became a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF in the late 1980s. Traveling the world, Hepburn tried to raise awareness about children in need. She understood too well what it was like to go hungry from her days in The Netherlands during the German Occupation. Making more than 50 trips, Hepburn visited UNICEF projects in Asia, Africa, and Central and South America. She won a special Academy Award for her humanitarian work in 1993, but she did not live long enough to receive it. Hepburn died on January 20, 1993, at her home in Tolochenaz, Switzerland after a battle with colon cancer.

Her work to help children around the world continues. Her sons, Sean Ferrer and Luca Dotti, along with her companion Robert Wolders, established the Audrey Hepburn Memorial Fund to continue Hepburn’s humanitarian work in 1994. It is now known as the Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund.
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Celebrating Ginny

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“THE BEST THING TO HOLD ONTO IN THIS LIFE IS EACH OTHER.”

Audrey Hepburn

Thirty six years ago when my oldest son started kindergarten, I met a group of women who have become my lifelong friends and companions on this journey of life.  One of these women is my dear friend, Ginny.

Ginny is the driving force that has made possible these lifelong friendships.  When our children were in the eighth grade and soon to go all different high schools, Ginny put together our lunch group.  For 27 years we have gotten together once a month to laugh and cry and to keep in touch with each others lives.  We would not have stayed together except for Ginny.  She kept in touch with all of us and made sure that we met once a month to celebrate someone’s birthday.  She has had many troubles in her life but she has always remained optimistic and no matter what was going on in her life would be concerned about my life.  She is our fearless and much loved lunch leader.

This week our dear leader had an 11 hour surgery and basically has been cut from stem to stern.  I always knew Ginny was made of sturdy material and this week proved it.  She made it through this horrible surgery and is marching forward to recovery.  I am sure it won’t be long before I hear her say, “And how are you honey and where do you think we should meet for lunch.”

This week I celebrate my friend’s recovery and being able to hold onto each other for many years to come.

MY WEEKLY THANK YOU NOTE TO GOD.
MY WEEKLY THANK YOU NOTE TO GOD.

Wishing you the gift of friendship,

Bernadette