“Children need role models rather than critics.” Joseph Joubert
I saw this woman when I was six years old. I was easily impressed as a young child, and this lady left her mark on me. Today being St. Patrick’s Day, I saved this story for last, even though it has nothing to do with St. Patrick’s Day.
This is the last of the five individuals I honor for the difference they made in my life. I will share my parents and grandparents on their special days.
Lady in Green
I was six and on my way home on the school bus. I sat next to the window. The bus stopped at the red light, and I looked out the window. A woman was standing there waiting for the bus. She caught my attention, and I stared at her until the bus moved away. I turned to watch her for as long as I could.
What held my attention about the woman was how she looked and her clothes. I thought her pretty, and I liked her clothes. To this day, I can still see her in my mind’s eye.
She wore a green coat, and I could detect a white blouse. The coat was buttoned up almost to the neck, but I could not see the outfit underneath the coat other than the blouse.
She wore a green hat with netting almost to mid-face, and a feather stuck in the hat. I remember she wore green gloves and shoes. Nothing was outstanding about her looks, but I thought she was the prettiest woman I had ever seen, and her clothes held my thoughts. I wanted to dress nice like her and have someone think I was pretty.
I never saw the lady again. I never met or knew her name, but she left a lasting impression on me. I spent my life dressing the best I could and looking the best I was capable of doing.
My lesson from her was to be on my best behavior and dress well. You never know who may be watching you or what impression you are making on them. I have had more than one person, including some parents, who have told me I made a difference in their or their children’s lives.
W are each a role model for someone. Our actions and behavior can change someone for better or worse based on our actions and words.
I hope you have enjoyed the stories I shared with you this week. I will post quotes, tips, or motivational thoughts tomorrow and Sunday. I have not decided on the topic of discussion for next week. But until then, stay safe, and keep the faith.