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Women Power

March 16, 2009

The other morning I attended a meeting where only women were in attendance. They had a lot of smart things to say. They talked about the economy, the state of the county, their worries about the school systems, the burden of taxes on families. These women talked about alternate energy, farming, the future of the county, the future of farming. When all was finished, they determined that it was time to put all this talk into action. A follow-up meeting was scheduled and committees were formed.  You just knew that things were going to get done.

The following morning I attended a meeting that was addressing the “State of the County”, in our presence was a Senator, a Congressmen, and an Assemblymen. 

I had the surest feeling when the meeting was over that day, with all the hubbub about these great politicians in our presence that where the real work was going to be done, was going to be out of the meeting I sat in on with that room full of women. 

In between these two meetings I attended a party hosted by a woman who had reached the end of her rope a year ago.  She was out of work, had closed her office and  the apartment she lived in caught on fire.  She and her family of cats along with several other families were out of a home indefinitely.  A few weeks after the fire a group of women invited a long list of women to a “shower”, there was a list of items, new underwear, clothes, basic t’s, jeans, dish items, work items.  I couldn’t imagine how awful it must have felt for my friend (well, yes I can — that’s for another day).  Talk about having your life an open book, including your pant size.  That party, a year ago was filled with laughter and tears.  My friend is an amazing woman and I knew she would be okay.  

Flash forward to the party hosted by my friend, a year later.  A party to thank those who she “couldn’t have done it all without”  a party to celebrate this renewed life and give thanks to the women who were there for her when her life was in chaos.

So, another meeting with women, this time a party, there was laughter and tears, held in my friends re-finished home — cats intact, dignity scorched but strong.

That, is Women Power.  I’m so glad to be one of them.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. felicepd permalink
    March 17, 2009 12:45 am

    Me too! Great story and so true that women can really get things done.

  2. March 21, 2009 6:59 pm

    Hi Lori, you did a wonderful job, keep it going, Nancy.

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