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Monday, June 30, 2014

women speak: did you have a mentor?



Was there someone in your life who had a big influence on the direction your life took? I always wonder what makes people choose their path. I know there are some gifts we are born with. We may have natural talents such as art or music that lead us to choose a career path, but if these talents aren't nurtured would we still take that path?

When I was a child I had Aunt Rose. Oh look, there I am in the picture with her.


Aunt Rose was my grandfather's older sister and she was what was called, back in the day, an old maid. My grandfather used to say that she spent too much time picking the bark off the tree when her suitors came calling. 

I don't know why she never married, but I do know that for a short time in my life, before her death, she loved me dearly. You could say she doted on me and for that I am grateful, because there was not a lot of doting going on otherwise. Aunt Rose was the one who stirred my interest in needle work (she made beautiful crochet and embroidery pieces) and in antiques. Her room was filled with them and I loved every piece. I inherited some of those pieces. 


These days I sell vintage and antiques and I love finding antique embroidery and crochet pieces. I keep a large basket filled with my finds next to my bed. I passed on most of Aunt Rose's work to my daughters.

Yes, there have certainly been other people who have influenced the paths I have chosen in life, some good and some bad, but I remember Aunt Rose as being the earliest. 

So do you have a person or persons who you believe acted as a mentor or influencer in your life.


Pull up a chair, grab a nice glass of lemon water, and let's talk.

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10 comments:

  1. I have several, and I feel very blessed by each one.

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  2. What a sweet memory you have of your Aunt Rose. The greatest influence on me was probably my dad. He instilled in us, by example, faith in God, honesty, and integrity. He also had a great sense of humor which was passed to me and has served me well in life.

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    1. How wonderful that your dad instilled such great values in your life, and that he did it by example.

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  3. I think my Mom had the most influence on me. She was a mentor and also a terror at the same time in my life. Funny how that can happen. I was determined to be her in some ways and BETTER in others. I think I have achieved that.

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    1. I'm sure your mom is very proud of the woman you have become, Linda. Moms have a way of teaching us by example.

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  4. Many, many strong, nurturing, supportive women I wanted to emulate, Laura. In the end they taught me self-reliance. It gets back to being true to yourself as we discussed earlier. Your Aunt Rose was a beauty. How wonderful her legacy lives on through you and your children.

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    1. Self reliance is the most important lesson you can learn. Aunt Rose was a beauty :)

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  5. I have no "mentor" per se, but so many people influenced me one way or an other on different aspects of life!

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    1. I think it is interesting to look back and ss just how those people influenced our lives.

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