There are women in my life who have made a difference...so from my point of view...they were fascinating. Growing up I was lucky enough to live next door to my great aunt and uncle, and two doors down from my grandparents. What's not to love about that?
The door was always open at both houses. My great aunt always had cookies in the cookie jar she kept right by the back door and on hot summer nights, she would read poems and stories to us on their screen porch. One of my favorites to this day was hearing The Owl and the Pussycat. ;) My great uncle loved to barbeque and at the drop of a hat would pull out his grill and cook up hot dogs and hamburgers. He'd whistle early in the morning, and I remember waking up to the sound and being too young to tie my red plaid sneakers, but I'd slip them on and go outside before anyone else was up. He'd tie my sneakers and we'd start the day hand-in-hand.
My grandmother was a cheese and crackers grandma. She baked ice box cookies and a fabulous Thanksgiving turkey, but what I remember most was going up after school and helping to set her dinner table and then sitting down to watch the Merv Griffin or Mike Douglas Show and then the 4:30 Movie or the Million Dollar Movie! She'd always have cheese and crackers and gingerale for the kids...she preferred Canadian Club with hers. ;)
My mom passed on the secret to her flaky pie crust, her love of baking, gardening, drawing, and family. My dad passed on his love of reading and song. I have been blessed in my life and my husband and I have passed on bits and pieces of the gifts we received as children. Our kids are creative, artistically, musically and in the kitchen, know their way around a garden, can work with their hands, and aren't afraid to get dirty doing it. There are other relatives and friends who have touched my life along the way. My thanks to all who have made a difference.
Then there are the special authors that I grew up reading and have created characters that have stayed with me for years. If I had to pick the top five, they would be: Carolyn Keene, Phyllis A. Whitney, Victoria Holt, Nora Roberts, and Julie Garwood.
Thank you to all of these fascinating women who have made a difference in my life!