Normally, I like to keep my posts fresh, but a reblog of this post would be fitting today. I have never liked the saying “behind every great man there is a great woman”or the different variations. It should never have been recited in schools because it only served to perpectuate the perceived differences between the sexes and the notion that women need to be behind men. The words should have said, behind every great man there is A SHADOW. That great woman is standing by his side and possibly in front of him, as President Ronald Reagan credited Nancy Reagan. He often said she pushed him to make many of his decisions including the improvement of relations with Gorbachev and the ending of the Cold War. This year, for the first time, a woman may run for President, according to many in President Reagan’s cabinet, a woman has already served in the White House.
A Faded Man
A faded man with dulled glories from yesterday
no planning for tomorrow just living for today
fractured remembrances he can no longer view
strange faces replaced the family that he knew
memories erased from the chalkboard of his mind
leaving no recollection of the wife he left behind
Inspiration is all around us. I recently viewed (for the umpteenth time) a wonderful movie based on a book (The Notebook) from one of my favorite authors, Nicholas Sparks. It reminded me of Nancy Reagan and the sad end to President Ronald Reagan’s glorious life.
Today, coincidentally, is the thirtieth anniversary of the first meeting between Reagan and Gorbachev.
One other note: We don’t have to wait for Thanksgiving to be grateful.