I think we can all say that 2016 shaped up to be a very challenging year. As we’re coming to a close, friends are posting lists of all the many shining stars across all spectrums of industry, arts, media that have been lost.
“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year”. Ralph Waldo Emerson
This year included the very personal and profound loss of my mother. This holiday season has been difficult, as it is the first without her. She was the inspiration for this blog, as noted in my introduction. Indeed, she was a remarkable role model for me, throughout my life. A true pioneer, she ran her father’s factory in Brooklyn, NY during WWII. She was a thirty-something, when she met my father. A force of love, intellect and immense accomplishments, I don’t think she ever met anyone who didn’t fall immediately in love with her.
There wasn’t a topic she didn’t master, an experience she refused, or a single thing she wasn’t willing to try. She is deeply missed and always will be. I am so grateful to have had her in my life for so long. 2016 has been a difficult year, indeed. But her lively spirit, joie de vivre and courage to over come life’s obstacles and find joy in every day and every moment will always inspire me to do the same. And I hope that this blog helps each and everyone of you who reads it. She would love that we are all willing to celebrate our lives too…even when on your own!
Copyright 2016 Marion M. O’Grady