Happy Mother’s Day ~ To an Inspirational Woman
May 10, 2014
Photo montage in honor of strong women who push the next generation forward. Yes, it’s ok to be pushy, bossy, and strong. Happy Mother’s Day to all women who encourage, empower, inspire and lead the way.
My mom was in the navy, became a deputy sheriff and was among the first women working the streets in patrol. She taught self defense for women; oversaw and encouraged incarcerated women learning a trade; and was one of two women and scores of men involved in the raid at Spahn Ranch that ultimately put the ‘Manson family’ behind bars. She later put herself through college and trained at the FBI academy through LASD. She referred to all these accomplishments as “A feather in my cap”.
She taught me independence, honesty and determination among many other things. She showed me how to savor a book and how to clean a house (neither of which I have time for at the moment). When young we played her records over and over, memorizing the tunes that she liked to dance to – Elvis, Marty Robbins, The Platters, Everly Brothers, Chubby Checkers, Sarah Vaughan, Harry Belafonte, Nat King Cole, The Brothers Four … Although she laments she didn’t do enough, what a rich childhood she gave me. I wouldn’t be who I am if she had done anything differently. Thanks Mom. I love you.