Saturday, March 3, 2012

Another Inspiration

This is the last in the series of Widows Who Have Inspired Me. 

I could not possibly do that series without mentioning Nancy Reagan.

I was impressed with Nancy long before she lost her Ronnie. They had a devotion to each other that is seldom seen and I really admired that. People griped and complained about her while Pres. Reagan was in office and that must have hurt her deeply. But, how very deep must have been the pain as she watched her husband's brilliant mind just waste away and then to have him gone from her forever. We widows/widowers have experienced pain like that.

I remember her during the long, difficult and very tiring funerals. Flying back and forth across country, being on public display with your grief. Her demeanor was impecable. She showed such grace, such strength. She inspired me beyond measure.

I own her book 'Love You, Ronnie', the collections of letters and notes that her Ronnie had written to her over the years. I love to read that book. And, I am so happy that I have my own collection of letters my dearest sweet husband wrote me over the years. Here is a picture of him writing to me right after we first met. He's the guy on the right. Oh wow... that was an eon ago.

3 comments:

rkbsnana said...

And how special hand-written letters were/are. I am sorry, I had not thought about how difficult it must have been for Mrs. Reagan. I do wish Alzheimer's was not so prevalent. A cruel disease. I admire your strength and glad you have your memories.

Marie said...

I agree with you, Mom! Nancy Reagan was a great lady, and the way she handled her husband's illness was so awes-inspiring! I'm so glad you included her in this tribute!

Dolores said...

I've always admired Nancy Reagan so much, I'm glad you included her in your tribute.
I admire you too!!
Hugs,