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Tuesday, October 30, 2007  

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HILARY!

I WAS THINKING ABOUT HILARY CLINTON TURNING 60 YEARS OLD AND WHAT A SURPRISINGLY WONDERFUL MOMENT THAT CAN BE IN A WOMAN'S LIFE. BY THAT TIME, A WOMAN GENERALLY HAS RAISED A CHILD TO ADULTHOOD, CARED FOR AGING PARENTS AND WATCHED (SOMETIMES WITH HORROR!) HER BODY AND MIND BEND AND CHANGE WITH EACH DECADE. IT'S A TIME IN A WOMAN'S LIFE FOR HER TO BE THE PERSON SHE WANTS TO BE. ANY WOMAN AT 60 WHO ISN'T HAPPY WITH HERSELF SHOULD LAUNCH A RE-INVENTION. SOME WOMEN FEEL STUCK. THAT'S THE TIME TO DO SOMETHING SYMBOLIC TO HELP YOURSELF MOVE FORWARD. WHEN MY HUSBAND AND I SEPARATED AFTER TWENTY-FIVE YEARS OF MARRIAGE, I FELT IMMOBILIZED FOR SEVERAL YEARS. FINALLY, A SYMBOLIC GESTURE FREED ME TO RECREATE MY LIFE. I TOOK AN ARMLOAD OF MY HUSBAND'S 8x10 GLOSSY PUBLICITY PICTURES TO THE PARKING LOT OF OUR FAVORITE RESTAURANT AND I BURNED THEM. A SYMBOLIC GESTURE, TO BE SURE, BUT THERE WAS SOMETHING ABOUT SEEING THAT LYING CHEATING FACE GO UP IN SMOKE THAT PUSHED ME OUT OF THAT FUNK INTO A NEW CHAPTER. SOME WOMEN ACCOMPLISH THAT FEELING BY PITCHING THEIR WEDDING RING INTO THE RIVER, OR CUTTING THEIR HAIR OFF, OR, THE ULTIMATE REVENGE, BECOMING A BETTER GOLFER. WHATEVER IT IS THAT CAN SET YOU FREE, IS APPROPRIATE FOR YOU. WHEN I LOOK AT HILARY, I SEE A WOMAN IN HER PRIME. WHAT COULD BE MORE POWERFUL? I RESPECT HER ON SO MANY FRONTS, BUT MOSTLY BECAUSE SHE WILL NOT BE INTIMIDATED BY THE MEN WHO OPPOSE HER AND WORK TIRELESSLY TO DEFEAT, DEFAME AND HUMILIATE HER. SHE IS MY HERO. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HILARY, AND YOU GO GIRL!!






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