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  •  Strong women were, indeed, a big part of it. (4+ / 0-)
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    gizmo59, The Marti, Puddytat, bastrop

    Our matriarch, by the time bastrop and I were born, was our "Nan". She was born in 1894 and died in 1986, so we both knew her. Perhaps I more than bastrop. I was very close to her, and she took care of me when I was a toddler. In fact, she was the one that taught me how to play the piano. She was very musical.

    Nan had a sister, Gladys, with whom she was very close (I remember Aunt Glad, bastrop may not) and the rest was a brood of brothers. As a result, she was a formidable hunter and horsewoman (she taught my father and uncle how to shoot, as a matter of fact).

    Then there's our grandmother. She really was something. Career woman, and as bastrop said, nearly always right.

    Then there's our mother. Also from a family of girls (she has one half-brother). Don't mess with her, either as soft-spoken as she tends to be. She and I like to takes drives in the car when she visits me and cuss in a gratuitous way.

    Women who were not at all embarrassed to be a woman did, indeed, form our worldview. On the other hand, let's not forget their husbands who not only tolerated, or encouraged, but expected that behavior in a woman.

    All in all, I would say that bastrop and I, and earlier generations in our family, were raised just right, as goldilocks might say. WAY ahead of our time, that's for sure.

    Pope Francis: the Thumb of Christ in the eyes of the Pharisees.

    by commonmass on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 08:43:57 PM PDT

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    •  That explains a lot...and echoes in my own life/ (3+ / 0-)
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      commonmass, Puddytat, bastrop

      family....strong women, and the men who appreciate them.
      That is what really makes for "family values"...not that faux excrement the R's peddle.

      Plus...truly strong women are a lot of fun.  Ask their menfolk..or, I guess, where appropriate, their women folk.  :-)

      "Live with no excuses and Love with no regrets."

      by The Marti on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 09:30:40 PM PDT

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