I’ll be kind of busy today, catching up on reading for classes and other responsibilities, so I may not be able to blog as much as I like. And I’m about to dash off to meet meeting up with an old buddy from my days in DC, current blogger Rick Sincere, in town for a few days. But, before I do, I wanted to share with you an intriguing observation that my Athena makes in her wonderful book, John Paul the Great: Remembering a Spiritual Father. Noting that the late pope’s mother “took in work as a seamstress to make ends meet,” Peggy observes:
Ronald Reagan’s mother took in work as a seamstress, and so did Margaret Thatcher’s. The three great leaders most responsible for the fall of communism and the reunification of Europe spent their childhoods watching their mothers joining different pieces of fabric together and making them into a whole.
I’ll have to check and see if the real Athena provided any assistance to Ariadne. (Well, that Cretan woman did help the Athenian hero Theseus). We do know that she was a master weaver, having bested Arachne in a celebrated competition.