Miss Marple said we are all alloted three score and ten years, and like Miss Marple I shall soon be overdrawn.
Now, having lived 70 years, I will use this blog to record my observations and try to answer the question, "Is the hokey-pokey really what it's all about?
Sunday, June 12, 2016
THE OL’BUZZARD'S REFLECTS ON WOMEN
My grandmother and four daughters
I have seen
so much in my seventy plus years: radio days, telephone operators, Second
World War, black and white movies, the advent of television, aircraft breaking
the sound barrier at 600 mph., computer punch cards - from propellers to jet
aircraft, to space ships, and medical advances that are allowing us to live
longer; but most of all I have seen social changes.
being diagnosed with breast cancer has me viewing her as a marvel of my time. I can remember, during my life time, a
drastic change in the image and status of women.
grandmother, who raised me, was born in 1892.
She was married as she turned sixteen and had six children by the time she was twenty-one. A great and gracious lady, she had on idea
of how to support or take care of herself when she was abandon by her
husband. She lived her life depending
on the kindness of her daughters.
youth women were looked at as being less intelligent then men, emotionally
unstable, and not capable of competing with men. Part of it, of course, was coming out of an
age where physical strength attributed to success.
instability of women: nervousness, prone to depression and emotionally volatile
was a constant topic and joke among husbands (overheard by their sons.) And unfortunately these attributes were
I can only
imagine how frustrating it was for intelligent women to craved knowledge and control of their destiny; yet be
relegated to the state of ignominy by a society that kept her ignorant of
family finances, discounted her opinions, isolated her from decisions and any
position of respect.
Her lot was
the expectation of motherhood - with totally responsible for children, the
household and the gratification of her husband.
Notice motherhood is the pentacle
Not to mention religion that charged her with releasing sin and suffering upon the world.
women freaked out. No wonder they were
in a state of constant depression and anxiety - they were living the life of a
Just as with
segregation, it took decades before many women actually felt confidence – self-worth
– and in control of their lives. Some
never achieved this.
the sixties things began to change.
I look at my
wife and can’t imagine anyone doubting her intelligence. I have witnessed her bravery, her
willingness to take chances and her calm reasoning. She is my stability; she has elevated
And now we
see the possibility of a female President – and possibly a female Vice-President.
come a long way sisters and proved yourself ready for the dog fight.
My attitudes have evolved and I wouldn’t have it any other way; though I
have to admit I still view and appreciate women as a sexy piece – of work.