Former First Lady Barbara Bush passed away yesterday, on April 17th 2018, at age 92.
I could go on for hours about how much I love this woman – her passion, her love, her sense of humor – but I will keep it short and sweet for the sake of this blog. Truly an iconic woman, my favorite trait of Mrs. Bush was her passion for family literacy. She truly believed that families could learn together, and strived to eliminate illiteracy in families across the United States by promoting the benefits of family literacy through the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.
Also irreplaceable is the love that her and her husband, President George H.W. Bush shared. She met him when she was sixteen years old, and they were engaged to be married eighteen months later – a marriage that lasted up until her last day on this Earth. Between the two came six children, fourteen grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. Her family’s legacy is one that is indescribable, but one that can be seen by all.
I want to end this post with a quote taken directly from her iconic, and highly criticized, Wellesley College Commencement Speech given back in 1990. She addressed the graduating class, stressing the importance of family and cherishing connections with other people – something that I feel so strongly for. Her words have never been forgotten.
“The third choice that must not be missed is to cherish your human connections: your relationships with family and friends. For several years, you’ve had impressed upon you the importance to your career of dedication and hard work, and, of course, that’s true. But as important as your obligations as a doctor, lawyer, or business leader will be, you are a human being first and those human connections — with spouses, with children, with friends — are the most important investments you will ever make.
At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a child, a friend, or a parent.”
May she rest in peace. xoxo.