Today I had the pleasure, no the absolute HONOR, of attending a tea party to recognize three amazing women in our community. All three women are over 90 years old, have overcome obstacles, personal tragedies, and wars. They also all have a building named after them in our area. How many people can say that?! I just can not even put into words how inspired and awestruck I was by these women, their true class, and utmost wisdom today.
About 400 local women attended the Tea which took place at our off-Broadway theatre. I would not pick that theatre to hold a Tea but the organizers did a fabulous job and it just looked perfect - pick and green was the theme of course! :)
The program was set up so that the Ladies sat on stage while one of their relatives introduced them and gave a little background on their lives and involvement in the community. A group of teenage girls in an at-risk program I'm involved with also attended. They had the opportunity to prepare questions for the Ladies and their answers had us laughing and crying.
Each Lady brought something unique to the program. The first Lady was a true Belle, full of poise, grace, faith, and humility. The second Lady was full of wisdom and her depth and sincerity will stay with me always. The third Lady is just a hoot. One of the girls asked her if a boy had ever broken her heart and how she dealt with that. Oh, Miss Thang prepared her answer by going back to her old diaries. She told us the exact dates and gave us all of the juicy details. I will never forget the date October 24, 1931! She had all 400 women in attendance laughing until our sides hurt!
As the program wrapped up I took a quick minute to thank God for blessing me with the opportunity to spend the afternoon with these lovely Ladies at the tea party. I couldn't help but recognize that the three of them all had such an air of grace and class around them that I only see in old movies. Why don't women speak this way, act this way, and present themselves this way anymore? Have we been trying so hard to be successful in a man's business world that we've lost our femininity along the way? I wonder... Whatever it is, I wish, hope, and pray that one day I can live at least half the life that these Lovelies have. I think that would be pretty wonderful.