Some women I love and honour

It being International Women’s Day, I took some time to set down the names of women I love and honour, beginning with my mothers (mother and mother-in-law, actually, but I’m not going to get technical about that here, or in the rest of this either), my daughters, my grandmothers, my sisters, my aunts. The list could go on and on, to include nieces and friends and colleagues and women I admire from afar, whether by acquaintance or through their books or history… But today I’m thinking of these first circles in particular, and I name them below, with gratitude. (Daughters and mothers, being the closest circle, are the largest names.) Each one represents a relationship, a unique story, qualities I admire, challenges I’ve seen faced in strong and various ways, and wonderful gifts given to me and our family and the wider world.

Arrangement created at Wordle.

8 thoughts on “Some women I love and honour

  1. What a wonderful idea and a lovely tribute.
    Not to mention that it’s always fun to play on Wordle.
    You are on my list of Women I’m Glad to Have Met, even if it’s only virtual at this point.
    Happy International Women’s Day!

    • Hi Colleen, you’re right, Wordle is fun. Today I used it to play around with themes and names from the novel project I’m working on. I found it interesting, even helpful, to see the way the words arranged themselves in the different settings. We writers will use anything to get our brains clicking in new ways, won’t we?! — Well, I do hope we can meet someday. I’m in B.C. often enough but visits are too short and we give our time to our kids and grandkids. But one of these years I’ll tack on a day… Or maybe when you come to Winnipeg on a book tour of your upcoming memoir!

    • I find names fascinating too. And according to my tattered “baby name” book, yours means “bold or courageous.” Best to you as you continue to fulfill the meaning of that in Japan, especially now.

  2. I feel honored.I was your devoted fan long before I decided I could spend the rest of my days with your younger brother!

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