“My mother told me two things constantly. One was to be a lady, and the other was to be independent.” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg
As I write this week’s letter to you, it would have been my mother’s 100th birthday had she lived. She was born Ruth Elizabeth Sauer on October 4, 1921, an only child. I was her first born of four children always remarking that she loved us all equally. But, of course, I knew she and I had a special connection, parent/child, and friend/confidant.
I used the Ruth Bader Ginsburg quote above as it is what my mother told me, too, “Always be a lady and learn to take care of yourself, be independent.” I might have taken those words far too seriously as I look back at my own life. What I do recall so clearly is her total acceptance of whatever it was I needed to do; as a mother myself, fumbling my way into adulthood and surviving relationships and illnesses. I remember one time she said, “I’m so proud of you whatever it is you do . . .” I don’t think she ever really understood my career but was my enthusiastic cheerleader.
How blessed are all of us who have mothers and daughters with a bond that is so special. We encourage our girls today to be all they can be, to live life their own way while giving back to family and to community. We are daughters for a while and then we are the mothers of daughters and sons. What we model for them influences the generations that follow.
Tonight, I light a candle and say a prayer of thanks for my mother, my friend. Happy 100th birthday, Momma.
From hidden waterfalls to secluded parks you never knew existed; Washington has gems all over the place to discover. Here are some of the many hidden treasures you’ll find fascinating.
• Spoon Creek Falls on the Olympic Peninsula. It drops over 70 feet in two tiers. Best time to see is October to July.
• Stehekin Valley, Near Chelan. You can get here by hiking in, flying in or most take a ferry. The scenic valley is hiding in the northwest end of Lake Chelan with trails everywhere.
• Congdon Castle, Yakima. It’s a 30,000 square foot stone castle occupied by a family – not open to the public. It has 80 rooms, 18 are bedrooms, a lookout tower and even an indoor swimming pool. You can view the outside.
• Port Williams Beach, near Sequim. It is a tranquil and often overlooked. Take a metal detector to uncover potential buried hidden treasures.
• Salt Creek Recreation Area, Port Angeles. It is tucked away from the main road behind a forest of trees. This 196-acre park, full of rock bluffs, upland forests, tide pools, beaches, and several places to go camping. T is said to be one of the prettiest hidden parks in Washington.
From October 1 to October 31 the entire town is transformed into a Halloween paradise. The town’s original name Seatco from “Tsi-at-co,” meaning “devil” or “ghost place.”
Judith McGee, L.H.D., CFP®, ChFC®
Executive Vice President and Senior Lead Advisor
Employment figures for September are available at the end of this week. While the jobs sector has been steadily improving, the pace of new hires has slowed. Since June and July, when more than 900,000 new jobs were added each month, August saw a job increase of only 235,000. On the other hand, earnings have increased 4.3% since August 2020.
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