Thursday, September 14, 2006

Ann Richards

I heard tonight on NPR that Ann Richards passed away today of cancer. I adored following her career not only because she was smart and witty, but also honest, hard-working and delightful. I admired her, but the moment I feel in love with her was when some magazine spread of her, on the beach with her granddaughter, in all of her glorious aged body in a one-piece bathing suit. Unashamed, unaltered from any surgery, just wonderful and beautiful and honestly herself. From that moment, she was my hero. No matter, that she was the 45th Governor of Texas and open doors for women in politics, had demons that she faught. The moment I saw her in that photographs, I thought, "that is a woman that deserves to be a hero". Go with the angels, Ann Richards, you will be missed!

later Dallas Morning News Blog has a sweet entry on Ann Richards.

5 comments:

kelly said...

amen sista....

ann reminded me of a dear woman
that blessed my life, gene pattengale. she had the head of white hair raspy voice and the same
spunk. they looked like sisters. gene passed away when i was 20 and when i first saw ann at the podium, i thought of gene and giggle. i loved how she said what she thought and how she had the boys spinning in there seats.

cheers to you annie girl. we will miss you.

la vie en rose said...

i had not heard about her death until i checked cnn this morning. as a daughter of texas who looked up to her and knew she opened so many doors for women in this state and in this country, i felt a bit crushed and empty. i hadn't realized how much she had impacted my life until she was gone.

phlegmfatale said...

I love the dickens out of Ma Richards - she totally rocked. Long may she wave.

Ruth said...

My favorite picture of her was on a cover of D on a motorcycle dressed in leather. Much later I heard that it was "doctored," that it wasn't really her body but she sure looked good. My other memories are when she debated with Clayton ("good ole boy") Williams during the governor's campaign. She was so good. And Molly Ivins is one of her best friends.

Carrie Sommer said...

Oh no. When I switched on NPR Friday morning, they were talking about her and all her accomplishments, and how she wasn't afraid to say what she wanted, etc. I loved it, but did not realize she had died. What a shame...she was a trailblazer.