March 8, 2003

By Michael Strickland

The Women are Smarter

Today marks the observance of International Women's Day, a commemoration of the contributions of women worldwide and a celebration of their struggle to achieve equal rights. What better way to add my voice to this recognition than shining a spotlight on the women in my life and expressing my appreciation for all the things they have done for me over the years?

More than 25 years ago, Peggy became my mother, and my life has been special ever since. Rare is the woman who has such talent and class tempered by such modesty. She can use the ingredients of any cupboard to whip up a gourmet meal; organize the contents of any house into an arrangement exceeding Martha Stewart's standards; and make the smallest outing seem like an exclusive affair months in the planning. Most importantly, she possesses a sensitivity and goodness that brightens a room.

Though she is no longer more than just a special friend, Michelle has done more for me than I'll ever be able to repay. I don't know if I'll ever again meet someone as unselfishly generous as her, so I'll just count my blessings for finding her in the first place. She had constant faith in me over the years, and helped me in good times and bad. I doff my hat and extend a deep and thankful bow to her today.

My three sisters, Cathy, Deborah and Tracey, are like snowflakes: beautiful yet completely unique. Cathy's joie de vivre infects those around her with an enthusiasm for good times. Deborah has a way of looking at life that enables her to find the sunshine on even the cloudiest of days. Tracey's quiet grace can instill a calm in any storm. I am a better man for having such wonderful women in my family.

Then there's Kathy, who has often helped my career because she believes in my talent, not because she has any ulterior motives. Her ongoing efforts on my behalf have resulted in some freelance work and more than a few job leads. And the countless hours spent chatting online over the years—as well as the occasional lunch—always bring a smile to my face.

And a warm thank-you to Wendy, for being such a good listener... to "Mrs. Mac," for inspiring me... to Monica, for letting me feel the fire... a Mayra, por ser una bendición para siempre... and to all the others whom I have failed to recognize here.

I could write a 1,000-word ode to each of these fine women, praising their many qualities that have lifted me up over the years. Instead, I'll just echo the words of the Grateful Dead and say "that the women today are smarter than the men in every way."


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