This week I am straying from highlighting a hero I know, to one I admire from a distance. Sarah Palin is one of those rare but strong figures who is able to be in the public eye, maintain her moral value system, keep her family and marriage strong, and still hold her head high regardless of who may be trying to diminish her. This is a woman who has five beautiful children whom she loves unconditionally. She happily carried and gave birth to a Down Syndrome child while maintaining her duties as Governor. Her husband, Todd, is effectively able to be a strong, rugged, American man ~ and still thrive with his equally strong wife. What a blessing!
I have never met Governor Palin in person ~ I have heard the stories from many people who have. She remains the comfortable, accepting woman in private who we see in public. As a modern-day "pioneer" she reminds me of pioneer women of yesteryear. She is a trailblazer of utmost integrity. She is an exceptional role-model for our children - both girls and boys. Regardless of whether one is a Democrat, a Republican, an Independent, or anything else, it cannot be argued that Ms. Palin is a formidable figure. She has influence throughout the United States and beyond. A "force to be reckoned with," Sarah Palin is an example to us all. She has a talent for expressing her opinions, standing up for what she believes to be right, and acknowledging when errors have been made.
She is at once fascinating and controversial, unique and characteristic. An incredible woman who has already made a splash in this world of ours, Sarah Palin connects with us in a way no other politician has been able to do. She touches the sensitive spirit in all women. She encourages strength and compassion. Her ability to maintain consistency in all aspects of her life is just one more quality to admire.
A tribute to you, Governor Palin. Keep your head high and your feet on the ground ~ you inspire us!