On Beauty

In the famous pairings of women in literature, like Beth and Jo in Little Women, or Scarlett and Melanie in Gone with the Wind, there is always one who is plucky and tough, a tiger who takes life in her teeth and runs with it; and the other, gentle and sweet, a lamb who knows how to bend and bow.

I met Emily (not her real name) at the Christine Center during a memoir workshop I gave a couple of years ago. When I asked the class, “What was your first experience of death?” Emily fairly leapt out of her chair and sang,  “Melanie in Gone with the Wind!” That was the moment  I knew we would be friends.

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