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A Woman’s Place Angels

Today is Be An Angel Day.

Of course, there is a day for everything now… and every day is some sort of special day. What I like is that these different days make me pause and reflect a little bit.

Be An Angel Day is about making the world a better place. Who can’t get on board for that? I’m in favor of kindness and care. It’s what the community has entrusted us to do here at A Woman’s Place (AWP). But today is also about recognizing all of the kindness that I’ve received from others, and showing my appreciation.

My tribute to angels must include Charlie’s Angels. It aired in 1976 (like AWP) and has yet

Nicolas Cage and Andre Braugher in City Angels - 1998

to grow old, in my opinion. I enjoyed songs from the Charlie’s Angels movie… or at least the first track (who can’t get on board for Independent Women?). I remember thinking “Wow – they’re bringing it back again?” when I saw a trailer for the 2011 Charlie’s Angels television series. Alas, it was cancelled… which I’m partly responsible for since I wasn’t even part of the small number of viewers who tuned in to watch. Then there’s that number one single from 1992, How You Talk to an Angel, sung by Jamie Walters who played it on  The Heights but was probably best known for his role as Ray Pruit, abusive boyfriend of Donna Martin on Beverly Hills, 90210. I loved City of Angels, mostly because I’m a huge Andre Braugher fan and I like the idea of angels in black trench coats wandering about preventing trouble, watching the sunrise on the beach, and relaxing on signs for the 110 freeway. Iron Jawed Angels told the story of the women’s suffrage movement. And then, my guilty pleasure angel, Angel, who I believe could challenge all of the angst-filled vampires gracing television, movies, and books today.

But, my most important angels are the staff and volunteers at AWP and my family. All these folks make me look good! They are tireless, dedicated, and do not quit. They make me laugh, they don’t laugh at me when I cry (most of the time), and they take my calls (also most of the time). They share the work, but also share the play. They enjoy a good meal and a great playlist and are on board for dreaming big about the world we could really, truly create. Some are by my side at work and others are by my side at home, but they are all by my side reminding me to act courageously and I wouldn’t be where I am or who I am today without them.

To all my angels – happy Be An Angel Day and thank you for being my angels!

WHO ARE YOUR ANGELS… AND HAVE YOU THANKED THEM?

Courage: A Woman’s Place acts bravely and boldly, notwithstanding fear.*
*excerpt from the Values Statement of A Woman’s Place

Ifeoma U. Aduba
Executive Director

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