Sunday, July 21, 2013

Helen Thomas: "Thank you, Mr President"

Remember hearing "Thank you, Mr. President" at the end of White House conferences?  That was started by Helen Thomas, front row White House press corps fixture for so long.   Helen died 28 days after my mom.  They were born the same year, 1920. They both wore  red lipstick, were outspoken,  brave,  blunt, respected. And, oh boy, will they both be missed.

Helen's bluntness and outspokeness finally 'did her in' when she was 89.  There are just some things you can't say if you work in the White House.  But, as we age, our filters begin to fall away and we might say something we would have choked on when we were younger.  Same with her.
Another news anchor, Joan Lunden, was 'asked to leave' her network desk spot in 1997 when she was, hold on, only 46!  She agreed not to talk about it then, but that was the real reason...and she talks about it now!  Good for her!
  You can buy anti-aging products all day long, but you can't not age.    We start the moment we are born.  Or we could say we grow from the moment we are born.  Right?  Much better perspective.
Interests change.  Change happens.  We do age.  We don't talk about sex in the city so much anymore, if we ever did.  We talk about:
Our Book Club,
Our Retirement and AARP,
Our Illnesses and meds,
That we must exercise
and eat right.
If we have grandchildren, we talk about their lives.
We talk of our travels and
 IRAs and Pensions.
We garden and golf.
We look for our glasses and keys.
 We talk about people who are sick and who have died.
Sometimes we talk about the same things over and over.
I don't think Helen talked about these things so much.  She talked, everyday, about what was going on in the world and she tried to make a positive difference.  May that inspire us to follow suit.
God Bless.
    Helen Thomas
July 20, 2013, Age 93


  1. Oh she will be missed she certainly kept them on their toes:) Yes as we age some people talk about the aging I choose to talk about life and how great it is age is a number if you focus on that it will win:) The most interesting people are those who do not let age define them. HUGS B

  2. Totally agree. At least if we keep growing, we don't grow old as quickly.

  3. My mom was 93 but she was never old.


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