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Admiration Over A Lifetime

Who do you admire? Who do I admire? 

It's not as easy to answer as it is to ask.

There are people I have admired over my lifetime each for a very different thing. Many of them I have forgotten about unless I actively sit and recall who they were and why I admired them at the time. 

Who do you admire? Who do I admire? It's not as easy to answer as it is to ask. So I ran back through my life and thought about a specific for people who probably had the most impact on me. At least these are the ones I can think of now. I'm sure tomorrow and the day after I'll come up with a longer list - but this is it for today

In order oF appearance In My LIFE

5th or 6th grade teacher

One I admired was a teacher from grammar school - who I really admire to this day but I don't remember her name. She encouraged all of us, but especially the girls in the class, to show our smartness. A rarity back then!

professor/friend/colleague

There was a professor in graduate school who became a good friend and colleague and we remained such until she died several years ago. She was the person who got me very involved in politics, in psychology and writing, and many other things for which I will always be thankful.

my son

I have always loved my son but now I can admire him as well. He is a very brilliant person and I love having discussions with him, mostly about politics and life but about other things as well. He turned into a super great adult. Sometimes I wonder how that  happened with me as his mother but hey he did it.

my daughter-in-law

Many years ago while visiting me, my son met a woman and they have been together ever since. I admire her because she is so generous to all she considers family and now that they are living near me, that includes several of my friends and neighbors..

Comments? Thoughts? Thank you. Comment section is down at the bottom of the page....


  • I admire Jaime Raskin, head of the Impeachment Committee, this time around. His son committed suicide at the end of December 2020. and he came close to losing the rest of his family during 1/6/2021 insurrection. He is like a wolf after her prey. For good reason.

    • Thank you. I sobbed when I read Jamie’s article about his son. I lived in the part of DC that is adjacent to Takoma Park Maryland but I didn’t really know him, my friends over they do and they say he really is a great person. That his son died right before the insurrection just made everything harder for me to deal with that week. He is a very good person to admire.

  • Cheryl says:

    I really enjoyed this post. So many people enter our life who make tremendous influence on us. I feel the same way you do about my children. I admire them so much now that they are adults.

  • I’ve never made a list of people I admire. Thanks for sharing yours.

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