March 3, 2016
Name someone who inspires you. Do you have one person that comes to mind?
The question was asked of me not too long ago, and I couldn’t name just one person. I’d never quite realized it before, but I am lucky enough to gather inspiration from a variety of individuals in my life – both personally and professionally. I can’t pick just one person – and I won’t, so don’t make me – as each has a little something different to bring to the table. But I do want to call attention to two badass chicks that deserve some applause.
They are grande dames. OGs. Bosses (before it became buzzy). Whip-smart. Strong, confident, caring and creative – meet my grandmas.
At 90 and 91 years young, Momo – as we affectionately call her – and grandma Bea (although she’d prefer just “Bea,” as the grandma designation “feels old”) are still kicking ass and taking names. The lives that both of these ladies led in their early years are inspirational enough, but they don’t stop there. Momo and G. Bea continue to amaze me each and every day. We’d be here forever if I listed all of the amazing things these remarkable women have accomplished in their lives, so instead, I’ll highlight a few favorites.
Taking time out for weekly cooking classes with grandsons (rumor on the street is that “graduation day” is near), dressing up in costume, caucusing, creating lyrics and putting on shows, supporting friends who aren’t doing as well, creating a “dead art gallery” to showcase works of art (arguable) from children and grands, the list really does just go on. There are so many things to be learned from these incredible ladies and really, they aren’t complicated – take chances, help others, believe in yourself and have fun.