I Get by With a Little Help From My Friends: Do You Need Anybody?
Throughout my life I have had those aha moments where I recognized a laugh, a phrase, a funny thought that reminded me of a long ago friend or teacher. This lead me to note that I must be "channeling" that person and that usually makes me laugh.
As a young child in Miss Denlinger's Third Grade class we were taught the famous quote "I am a part in all I have met" and at my time in this life I am acutely aware of its truth.
I think we are returning to female mentoring which had been present throughout the ages but began to fade in a formal sense after the 1950's. In my early childhood this took the form of church or synagogue circles of women in common neighborhoods. My mother told me that when my sister and later I was born that women from their church dropped by to help/offer advice.
When I was in university and later graduate school the atmosphere was a little more competitive vs nurturing each other and as I am NOT a competitive person this shaped my course of study and career choices. The nurturing I received then was from my academic advisor who had recently had been named a full professor. She had huge impact on my life and career.
Nearly 22 years ago I lost my daughter to a freak seizure. I have acutely felt that loss of mentoring a daughter into adulthood. I have provided some small influence on my husband's daughters but they still have a mother active in their lives. In more recent years I have had honorary daughters, supervisor of first-year members of my profession and assisting young women in planning their weddings.
I am hopeful that in starting this blog I can both share information in a helpful manner but also be a learner from those very same "help-ees". I invite you on this journey to help me to become a more helpful helper.
All Best Blessings,
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