RIP Barbara Bush

Earlier this week, Barbara Bush, the wife of former President George H.W. Bush and the mother of former President George W. Bush passed away. She was 92.

Known for her pearls, her premature white hair and her down to earth demeanor, Mrs. Bush was both a product of her era and a woman standing on her own two feet.

Though she was the wife and mother of two Republican Presidents, she not only saw the humanity in others, but was also bipartisan enough to cut through the Washington b*llsh*t. She advocating for both literacy and for AIDS patients in an era when AIDS carried a stigma of economic and social isolation.

Multiple tributes have poured out over the last two days, but my favorite is from one of her granddaughters, Jenna Bush Hager.

To have your grandparents around as your growing up creates an experience that has no rivals. But have your grandparents around when your an adult is an experience that is be cherished.

RIP Barbara Bush. May her memory be a blessing to everyone who knew her and loved her.


Flashback Friday-Changeling (2008)

The strongest love in the world is from a mother to her child.

In the 2008 movie Changeling, Christine Collins (Angelina Jolie) is a phone operator living in Los Angeles in 1928. Christine is a single mother who is raising her son alone. She returns from work one day to find that her son has disappeared. As any mother would do, Christine calls the police. Five months later, the police bring a boy home to Christine. She says that he is not her son, but the police ignore her. Did the police bring back her son or has Christine lost control of her mental facilities?

The quote that comes to mind in this movie is as follows:

“Courage in women is often mistaken for insanity.”

While I am not a huge Angelina Jolie fan, I appreciate this film mainly because female characters like Christine are still too rare in Hollywood. It’s also a well acted film with a compelling narrative.

I recommend it.

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