Barbara Bush: Passionate Model

Today we celebrate, not mourn, the life of one of the strongest women who served as First Lady.  Interesting, that her station in life propelled a personal passion forward that seldom gets the focus so needed–dyslexia.

Having the opportunity to hear her talk at an Orton Dyslexia Society conference (now the International Dyslexia Association), I continued to push students to learn how to read and to write despite the difficulties they faced as dyslexic.

One of my personal drives was to be passionate that all students can learn to read and to write even if they were dyslexic.  The work that I have done to teach dyslexics was energized when I listened to Barbara Bush.  Her style, her honestly and her passion made such an impression on me that day.

As I watched Jenna Bush-Hagar battle the tears yesterday morning, I could only empathize with her impending sense of loss, but more importantly her pride in her grandmother.  Over the past few years watching Jenna, yes I want to just call her Jenna as a friend, I see the beauty and the passion of her grandmother shining through her, too.

Sometimes we get so bombarded by the polished images of public figures, esp. in the entertainment industry, we become jaded.  Barbara Bush was real and I believe her genuineness is reflected by those in her family who follow their passions and try to model their grandmother, their mother, their mother-in-law, their aunt, and their friend. We should all be so fortunate to have that type of influence in our lives.

Thank you, Barbara Bush, for the grand woman that you are.  You live even though you are no longer in our world.  Thank you for the work you did in such a classy manner.  I know you have and will light the fire in those who knew and will learn who you are.Barbara Bush: Passionate Leader

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