Former First Lady Barbara Bush: Lessons Learned From a Life Fully Lived by Stacie Ast-Kutzbach

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Former First Lady Barbara Bush: Lessons Learned From a Life Fully Lived

As I was sitting down to write about First Lady Barbara Bush's beautifully brave decision to not seek further medical treatment and spend her remaining days on her terms, news broke that she has passed. I have deeply admired her no-nonsense, feisty candor and her undying passion for literacy. However, her undying devotion to her husband and family will no doubt be her legacy.

Having read her books, "A Memoir" and "Reflections," I gained a profound respect for the role as Supporter in Chief. Not only did she provide support to her husband's career as a public servant (having to relocate a family 29 times as a result), she supported an entire family in their grief when she lost a child to leukemia. I cannot imagine that level of grief, let alone carry on in the face of it with grace and modesty, but she did.

She made cardigans and gray hair cool. What else can you say about a woman who appeared in an episode of "Dude Perfect?" I think she said it best: “People who worry about their hair all the time, frankly, are boring.”

So read your child a book in her honor, tonight. Worry less about your hair and your house and hug your family. Laugh and play. She would.

Learn more about the Barbara Bush Literacy Foundation

Photos: Barbara Bush Literacy Foundation 

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Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds
What a lovely tribute to a truly lovely woman, Stacie Ast-Kutzbach . Thank you for sharing these wonderful memories about Barbara Bush. I think she transcends party as a truly elegant and inspiring First Lady. xoxo RIP Mrs. Bush!
Donna John
We saw Barbara and George Bush at the Texans and Astros games a lot. Even when he couldn't walk, he'd have them bring him out onto the field before the games with her by his side. You could just look at her and know how much she loved him. Beautiful. She will be missed. Wonderful tribue, Stacie Ast-Kutzbach .
Jessica Acree
Great read.... love the tone and the tribute, looking forward to more tips from you! :) Also... hello from Flint, we're in need of some better water quality <3
Nicole DeAvilla
Thanks for sharing. She really was a great role model.
Kathy Ast-Kutzbach
I love the tip! Makes us remember what's important in life. Also, I'd like to educate others on palliative care - contrary to what the news articles on Barbara Bush said, palliative care is actually aggressive medical treatment to control symptoms, bringing comfort to the patient ans caregiver(s).
Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds
Thanks for sharing this, Kathy Ast-Kutzbach . I actually did not realize that. Would you please write a tip about what palliative care is so we can get a better understanding? I would like to know. Thank you!
Kathy Ast-Kutzbach
Of course I will! Great idea! I'll work on it. Xoxo
Alex Bryant
Beautiful tribute and life lessons!
Cassandra Lee Jones
She was my grandmothers favorite person. I am glad they will finally get the chance to meet.
Angie Saldana
If I can be half the person Mrs. Bush was.... Great tribute!

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