November invites us to celebrate National Inspirational Role Models Month.
Who inspires you?
Inspiration comes to us with new ideas we are exposed to, the things we see in the media, concepts and plot twists from our favorite authors. Perhaps we are inspired when we watch larger than life heroines take on challenges and save the day. Or, when we worship…logic and life intersect when spirit and faith combined. And if we are lucky, the people who inspire us are also the people we love…our family.
They are our link to our past, our present, and our future. Our roadmap of how to be strong and compassionate.
Grandmothers who survived losing husbands and the deaths of children. Great Aunts who succeeded in carving out lives for themselves despite the fact society frowned on women invading men’s business sanctuary. Sisters and cousins who maintained a deep strong bond of not only kinship but also friendship.
When I was growing up we lived with my Grandma Emma. She seldom traveled farther than the several hundred yards to the church for Mass and the backyard to hang up laundry. But she did venture out for one specific activity that I can picture so clearly. I can even smell the bacon lingering in the air for the old-fashioned German Potato Salad she prepared for the occasion.
Grandma, her sisters (the Meurer girls in the picture above: Lena, Emma, Gertie, Madie, and Martha), their daughters (our mothers), and their daughters (my generation of cousins) got together for what they called Cousin’s Club. It was a ladies lunch with the best china, followed by card games with lots of lively conversation, ending up with caramel colored coffee and lovely sweet confections (did I mention these ladies loved to bake?…and bake they did!).
I attribute my affection for my cousins to the time we spent observing our elders having fun with each other.
Do you have an inspirational story? Care to share? Hop over to my Facebook page and introduce me to who inspires you!