After writing a series of articles for this blog, Vanity Network, and OC Healthcare News about Botox, fillers, teeth whitening, and other ways we can enhance our outside, I felt a need for some internal balance. This month, and for several more, I want to celebrate the true beauties among us. Those women who stand out because of generosity, strength, compassion…
They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but I think our very best friends are often diamonds. We all have women in our lives who are absolute gems. They’ve been transformed from nondescript carbon into gleaming treasures. This kind of transformation doesn’t come from a lotion, potion, or surgeon’s knife but from the high temperatures and pressures of life. Diamonds are one of the hardest substances on earth but they also have the ability to conduct warmth. They are known for their incredible clarity but are able to disperse all the colors of the rainbow. These seemingly opposite traits are what make diamonds so rare and valuable.
As you’ve been reading this, there are probably one or two special women who’ve come to your mind. My Grandma, Alva Christina, comes to mine. She came to this country as an immigrant from Sweden at the age of eight. She soon lost her father and brother to tuberculosis and then had to care for her mother, who never learned to speak English well. This made her a tough cookie, as she used to say. She was a two-for-one deal. She married late because she refused to leave her mother. “It wasn’t because I wasn’t beautiful. I was a looker.” She made sure I knew that. When she finally married, it was to a widower with four children, three rambunctious boys and an adorable five year old girl.
Now, I’m not saying my Grandma Ava was perfect. She had a tongue on her that could singe the hair right off your head, but she was a woman of generosity. She sacrificed for her mother. She cared for another woman’s children as if they were her own. And, she cared for me. For many years my mother was ill and Grandma Ava became my surrogate Mom. She sang – Five Foot Two, Daisy Daisy, and all the songs she danced to in her flapper days – to me in my cradle. She was always a party girl at heart. At the end of her life, she fed every stray cat in her neighborhood making sure I knew the importance of caring for God’s creatures.
My partner, Alison, and I are on a mission to find the most beautiful women you know and let the world know about them. Each month we want to focus on a different facet of diamonds. This month, it’s generosity. Let us know who the most drop-dead gorgeously generous women you know are by sending me a comment below or by email. We’ll report back with stories, pictures, inspiration and thoughts about how we can all aspire to be more like them.
Thanks, Grandma Ava, for showing me the color of generosity.