I am the odd woman who rarely cries when sad. Tears are more apt to flow for happy reasons, like at the end of my favorite cinema version of Jane Austen’s EMMA. When Gwynneth Paltrow alias Emma says “My Mr. Knightly!”, the floodgates crumble. (I have only watched that film about 123 times—give or take. Perhaps with viewing number 124, I’ll be able to handle my favorite line.)
Or, I will cry when suddenly confronted with an incredibly lovely scene—especially one that pops up in an unexpected place. One doesn’t expect sheer loveliness or gracious beauty to surface at our nation’s capitol these days. But a glimpse of tea with Michelle and Melania has given me a breath of fresh air.
I hope this photo will travel everywhere around our confused and confusing world, promoting the fact that we Americans some times do some things the right way! Here are two lovely ladies—poised, confident, obviously very intelligent. Not yelling and screaming and rasping about how wonderful they are and how they are going to be all things to all people. Not grasping for personal power. Just being themselves. Even wearing skirts! Seemingly enjoying each other’s company, and contented with woman’s time-honored role of standing beside her man.
Of course it will be fine and fitting to have a woman president, the right woman who understands the intrinsic honor and joy of being a woman. But I pray/pray/pray that our Someday Woman President will be a Margaret Thatcher kind of person, rather than any other possible options!!!
Meanwhile, thank you Michelle and Melania for showing us that moments of beauty and grace can happen—even in Washington D.C. 🙂
Margaret L. Been — 11/11/16