You may wonder where I get my ideas for this blog. Sometimes they seem to drop out of nowhere. Here’s an example. My husband recently said, “You look like Jackie
Kennedy in that photo.” The lights flashed on in my brain. I wasn’t convinced that this was true, but could there be some similarities? So here we go!
Some of you are thinking, who is Jackie Kennedy, while others know well that she was the wife of the 35th president of the United States. I’m doing this out of no disrespect for the late Mrs. Kennedy. However, in reading this you’ll get to know me better and be refreshed on a bit of history, too.
She was the same height and the same weight as I am ( five foot eight, 130 lb). She had brown hair and brown eyes. I try to keep my hair close to my original dark, brown color but my eyes are blue. Our similarities don’t end there. She loved books and she directed the establishment of her husband’s library. I founded WRGN’s Good News Library and wrote the book, “Vision to Reality,” about my husband’s and my work founding and operating WRGN. Although she wanted to, she never wrote a book but she did help her husband write the book, “Profiles in Courage.”
Now in many ways we are different. She was first lady of the United States. My claim to fame is being first lady to my husband of nearly sixty years. She was comfortable surrounded by maids, butlers, and nurses. I have never had that experience. She was the first “First Lady” to be born in a hospital, I was born at home.
Jackie (everyone called her that), was a fashion icon. I love clothes, but I’ve never had a fashion designer, such as Oleg Cassini, to do my “original” wardrobe. Remember her pill box hats? Everyone started wearing them in the 50’s. Pearls were her signature piece of jewelry. I love jewelry and have my own designer, my daughter, designer/owner of Gentle Spirit Creations. O.K.!! Are you still with me, and enjoying the journey with shirlandyou? You’re free to laugh a little.
We’re not similar in that she spoke several languages, excelled at art, she restored the interior of the White House and had a life-long passion for horse riding. My only two experiences at horse back riding are not worth mentioning. She lost children at birth, this sad experience has been mine also. Of course, there’s much more to her life. After the assassination of her husband, she married Aristole Onassis, a Greek shipping magnate, and after his death, became editor at two book publishing companies. I, too, worked in this capacity as editor/publisher of Country Impressions, a local, community newspaper. One my husband and I also founded.
She was proud of her French heritage, my parents always said we were Pennsylvania Dutch. She loved the bonds of family and friends and had a spirit of adventure, in these we are the same. She has had a great impact on the entire world. My impact is in a much smaller world, and my aim is to be mainly remembered for my love of God.
There you have it. It took courage to make similarities with someone of Jackie Kennedy’s prominence. But each one of us has a place of importance in this world. So as they say, “Shine in the corner where you are.”
P.S. I think it’s the sunglasses, don’t you?