Wednesday, September 14, 2011


I have two female icons: Nancy Pelosi--current Minority Leader of the House of Representatives; former Speaker of the House; and unaging miracle woman--and Eloise, the fictional children's character.

"I am Eloise.  I am six.  I am a city child.  I live at the Plaza."

To be fair, Eloise came first in my life by way of her her self-titled book by Kay Thompson.  But like Pelosi, she gets even better with time.

"Eloise is a little girl who lives at The Plaza Hotel in New York.  She is not yet pretty but she is already a Person.

Henry James would want to study her.

Queen Victoria would recognize her as an Equal.

The New York Jets would want to have her on their side.

Lewis Carroll would love her (once he got over the initial shock).

She knows everything about The Plaza.  She is interested in people when they are not boring.

She has Inner Resources.

If you take her home with you, you will always be glad you did."

I imagine that had she been real and made it past the first grade into adulthood, she'd still be kickin' around the Plaza, but maybe in something more updated:

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