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International Women’s Day

international women's day

Today, March 8th, is International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. Although I don’t remember hearing about this day before, apparently it has been celebrated since the early 1900’s, so I decided to find out more information about this day.

Annually on 8 March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. A global web of rich and diverse local activity connects women from all around the world ranging from political rallies, business conferences, government activities and networking events through to local women’s craft markets, theatric performances, fashion parades and more.

Ironically, this was in the news today as well – stirring up some controversy…

give this to your woman!

The washing instructions inside a new Indonesian soccer jersey, “Give it to your woman, IT’S HER JOB.”  Really!?!!?  At our house laundry is not my job.  Dave has been doing it since we were married. 22 years of rarely doing the laundry for me!! So no.  Laundry is NOT a woman’s job.  The company that produced these jerseys, is giving this explanation…

“We did not mean to humiliate women. On the contrary, [we wanted to tell men] to learn from women how to take care of clothes… We apologize for any misinterpretations,” Salvo Sports said on Twitter.

Seriously?!!?

But today, I remember my favorite woman.  My mom.  It just happens that the last time I ever heard her voice was on March 8th.  Fittingly on International Women’s Day I guess.  Not that she would have known this was a “day.”  She had called me that morning.  At school.  Knowing full well that I’d be working.  She never did that.  Only texts.  I answered it – even though I was in the middle of teaching, thinking something was wrong. Our conversation was simple and quick.

Hello, I can’t talk now, why are you calling me at work?”

She said in her normal sing song voice,

“Hell-o.  I made a reservation for six o’clock at The Reservoir.”

“Okay mom,” I said, “just like every Friday.”

“See you later,” she said.

That was the whole conversation. Every Friday since I was young, we have Friday night dinner together.  Usually at The Reservoir, a local Italian restaurant in town.  Every Friday, it is at six o’clock.  So why the phone call?  I never got to ask her since she stopped breathing on her way to dinner that night.  I wrote about it here.…last year on this very date.

So on this “Women’s Day” as we celebrate all women, I will especially celebrate her.  I miss her everyday. ❤

Best Friend

best friend

Today is International Women’s Day,  a day that has been observed since in the early 1900’s.  Every year on  March 8, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements.  So in honor of this day, I decided to reflect on an important woman in my life – my best friend Kelly. The title of “best friend” is a big term to give to someone.  It is about commitment.  It involves balance, trust and understanding that lasts through decades and life changes

I am lucky to have had the privilege of having Kelly as my best friend for over 20 years.  We have shared so many life events; our marriages, birth of our children, new homes, career changes, new pets – I could not imagine going through any of these without having her being a part of them.   She was with me in the delivery room during the birth of my second son until my husband was able to arrive from his job in the city.  That was the day that she told my mom that she too was pregnant with her first child.  There are now five children between the two of us and I could not imagine my life without her in it.  She is the godmother to my youngest son, and I am for her daughter.

We listen to each others problems and we make an effort to see each other as often as possible.  We are lucky enough to live fairly close to each other and juggling our family schedules is not easy, but even when weeks go by without seeing one another, when we do meet up, it is like no time has passed.  We talk, text, email and Facebook all of the time, but actually making the time to spend time together is something we really make an effort to do.

Kelly just graduated from nursing school and did this all while raising three young children, managing a household, carpooling and making it to most of her children’s sporting events!  I am so proud of her and I admire what she is doing with her life.

My only regret in our friendship is that I did not meet her sooner!