Today, as happens on many days, I looked in the mirror only to realize that I’m one day older. This aging thing—let’s call it ongoing maturation—is a constant, and it does encourage one to look for examples of how it might be done with more grace and meaning.
Since 2005, when Janet Champ and I wrote and published our book on aging, Ripe, I’ve been “collecting” women I admire. I bring them into myself by drawing them in their older age. Then, I tuck them into the back of my head, and pull them out when the occasion calls for support. Politicians have their lawyers. I have my secret army of smart females. Since Obama was supported largely by women, I thought I would ask some members of my supporting, advance team to give him some advice on the years ahead. This is what they had to say:
Julia Child on delivering the State of the Union address: “Drama is very important in life: You have to come on with a bang. You never want to go out with a whimper. Everything can have drama if it’s done right. Even a pancake.”