February is Spunky Old Broad Month. The term “spunky old broad,” or SOB, for short, is the trademark phrase of Dr. Gayle Carson who invented the holiday. Carson also says that SOB stands for “spunky, open, and brave.” Same thing, right?
Carson identifies as a spunky old broad, and she believes that women over fifty should never give up on living up to their fullest potential.
Chances are good that your mother is also a spunky old broad. As women age, their incisiveness distills. Some very old women are mostly skin, bones, and spunk. If that describes your mom, this is the month to celebrate that very quality.
Good ways to celebrate spunk
This is a good time to make sure that your mother has all the opportunities she seeks to manifest spunk. Help her write a letter to her Congressman about injustices that she has observed. Help her volunteer in her community. Maybe she wants to host some overseas students. Look into opportunities for that.
If you don’t have time to help your mother realize her destiny as a spunky, open, and brave old woman, it’s a good time to consider hired home care. Home care specialists work with your mother or father right in their homes or apartments to make sure they live life to the fullest. A home care aide can help your mother find her Congressman’s address and an envelope and stamp so the letter can be sent.
Let’s remember spunky women of the past
You and your mother might take inspiration from learning more about spunky women of the past. Here’s a short list of women that broke glass ceilings:
- Florence Nightingale, the woman who ennobled the nursing profession and saved lives by introducing hygiene to modern medicine.
- Beryl Markham, the first pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean from Britain to North America.
- Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Supreme Court Justice of the United States.
- Rosa Parks, whose refusal to give up her segregated bus seat helped launch the civil rights movement.
- Mother Mary Teresa, who worked with the poor and lepers all her adult life and was eventually recognized as a saint by the Catholic Church.
- Harriet Tubman, an escaped slave who built an underground railroad to rescue other enslaved African Americans.
- Emmeline Pankhurst, an activist who worked tirelessly on behalf of getting women the vote and served time in prison for her efforts.
Listen to Podcasts
If you are in need of other ways to celebrate SOB month, check out Gayle Carson’s podcasts. She has interviewed many people about living regret-free lives. You and your mother can listen to these free podcasts online. Carson also has a SOB university you can attend online.
In conclusion, “old broad” is no longer a pejorative. It’s a badge of honor, to be embraced by the spunkiest among us. And that’s likely to be our mothers.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Glenview, IL, contact the caring staff at Companion Services of America today at (847) 943-3786. Our home care service area includes Northbrook, Highland Park, Deerfield, Glenview, Buffalo Grove, Evanston, Des Plaines, Skokie, Lake Forest, Wilmette and the surrounding areas.
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