Also- Big Ups! to those child-free people who (fairy) "godfather" and "godmother" and mentor the youngs, professionally or personally or both, by providing community and support to younger people or their friends' kids (honorary aunts and uncles!) I think that the bestest! People seem to have this idea that if you don't have kids, you can't have kids who are deeply devoted to you and will love you for ever and ever. That's just totally not true! There are plenty of folks out there who got a raw deal with their given-parents and who totally need some nurturing and guidance and love from an older one! And, lordy knows parents need all the help they can get with their kids! It's not easy raising a child! Having the help of close family and friends is a godsend. To the parent and the kid. Just sending out love to all those folks (child-free or not) who take others under their wing and nurture their talents while being nourished and renewed themselves by those who are newer on the scene (and changing it). I think it's great for older adults to spend time with young people because there's a lot to be said for seeing things thru fresh eyes,just like there's a lot to be said to having a great depth and wealth of experience and history. We totally don't make use of the resource of our seniors nearly enough. (Of course, there is some back-story to that, too.... like how people sometimes get bitter, not better with age. Still tho...)
I just recently learned a little bit more about Dorothy Parker. Lady got her first job, at vanity fair, in 1916 before women had the right to vote (1917). When she died, she left her estate to the NAACP. The lady was boss. I only knew of her from that movie where she just seemed kind of bitchy. Seems she was way more than just a sharp tongue who could drink with the boys. I never take for granted the "quiet hysteria" that was too much of women's lot when they "weren't taken seriously." Jeeze-louise that would drive me bonkers! Margaret Brent in another ooold skool bamf from 17th century America.