If you were ever a ‘Sleeping Beauty’, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. . . I was born and grew up in a small town in the south at a time when girls were supposed to grow up, get married, raise a family, and live happily ever after. Even the wives and mothers around me who didn’t seem to have that ‘happy ever after look’ didn’t tarnish the image I had of what I was supposed to be and what my life would be. I learned to cook, to sew, set a table, serve tea, wear aprons . . . . I grew up, got married and had a family; I was active in the church, my children’s school and a hospital guild. It was a time of white gloves, hats, teas and luncheons. It was a comfortable little world and I could have stayed forever. Many of us do.

Some women spend their lives in that place society prepares for them, never stepping out to explore themselves and what they can be; some step in and out, like in my Blog: Nutley AAUW and the Cello, while others are thrown onto new paths.

So how about you? What was your life like as a Sleeping Beauty? Why aren’t you one now?

If you aren’t a Sleeping Beauty anymore, you had an Unheralded Jolt—that’s for sure. Read my Blog: Unheralded Jolt