Woman up! Alice - one helluva woman.
She drove a horse and buggy to school, left my grandfather in the Midwest to think about his bossy ways, and worked as a nurse in New York City during World War II. She endured three miscarriages before delivering her first child in Iowa, a complicated second pregnancy drove the family to move to St Louis, and later gave birth to her third child, my mother, nearly a decade after her first.
The summer I was twelve, she pulled her little blue Subaru over and asked me to drive us home from Barry, Illinois. She had suffered a stroke and could no longer feel her arm or see clearly. Throughout the course of my childhood I stood at her bedside through more strokes, heart attacks, lung cancer, and later on Parkinson's.
God, Alice was strong. I hope I have some of that DNA that made her the human version of a bouncy ball. She always bounced back from whatever ailed her; spitting out some sort of sass or funny story sooner than you'd expect. She was the rock in my life, but not just any old rock - Alice was a true gem, an 11 on the Moh's scale.
When presented with the opportunity to participate in the Houstonia Magazine's Woman Up event I couldn't think of a better way to honor Alice's tough-as-nails legacy.
Hosted here in Houston at the Sawyer Yards.
UPDATE: Due to incoming storms to the Houston area the hosts of Woman Up and Girl Power Bash have re-schedule the events.
Saturday October 27th <----(NEW date) brings a Social Sweat Session + Girl Power Bash Grab brunch from one of the many food🍴 vendors, sip specialty cocktails🍹, shop w/#aliceandchainsjewelry & the other 75+ women-centric boutiques, artists and makers. $5 admission benefits Girls Inc. of Greater Houston. #houstoniawomanup
Join me and the legacy that is Alice in celebrating the beauty of strong women!
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