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narrative capturing a moment suburban sketches creative expressions your voice painting a portrait reflections last but not least What Mary Taught Us P AT T Y L E N Z B O V I E writer there are a lot of other places I'm needed." This letter was the launching pad to my mom's illustrious 40-year career that would blossom from a one-day-a-week volunteer, to full-time curator, to the first Curator Emeritus at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American Indian. Now, I can't help thinking that watching Mary Richards challenge the shallow anchorman, Ted Baxter, or stand up to her surly boss, Lou Grant, weekly, inspired my mom to forget the laundry and follow her heart instead. Every time Mary threw her beret into the air it gave my mom, and lots of other women, the courage to break out of their staid roles and try for some- thing more fulfilling. Perky Laura Petrie, the dutiful wife Moore had played on The Dick Van Dyke Show years earlier, was in the rearview mirror and Mary Richards had taken the wheel. Today, more than 40 years later, I think about the brave peo- ple who constantly stand up for women's rights. Who regularly challenge the status quo. And who are teaching their daughters what they've learned from watching their own moms perse- vere. That no one should ever feel trapped. That we should all have the courage to pursue our dreams — no matter how impossible they may seem. And if we do, we might just "make it after all." when Mary Tyler Moore passed away last year, I couldn't help thinking about my mom, who watched The Mary Tyler Moore Show religiously every week when I was growing up. During the 1970s, when the show aired, my mom was a housewife and mother to five kids. Just 15 years earlier, she had graduated Phi Beta Kappa, earned a master's degree in anthro- pology, and lived in an Indian fishing village in Alaska doing fieldwork alongside one of the most distinguished anthropol- ogists of her time. Yet a decade and a half later, her visions of scholarly pursuits had dissipated like hot breath on a cold day. She was in a loveless marriage. She didn't know how to drive. Her greatest challenge was trying to keep the house clean. And while she loved being a mother, she despised cooking meals and taking out the trash. The truth was, despite all her career quali- fications, she was trapped. My mom's weekly dose of The Mary Tyler Moore Show was not only therapeutic, it was inspiring. As Mary battled women's oppression in the workforce and dug deep to bravely follow her dream, my mom finally discov- ered her own gumption, dormant for so long. When she read an article about the "Sad Decay of the Museum of American Indian," she wrote to the museum director asking if she could volunteer one day a week to do "the dog work." "I am not a mid- dle-aged housewife suffering from an empty-nest syndrome and looking to take something up," she wrote. "I'm a middle-aged housewife, all right, but I have 15 places to put every minute, and if you decide this would not be a feasible arrangement, BE CREATIVE This page is designed to give our readers the opportunity to express themselves creatively. If you have a short piece of fiction or nonfiction (300-500 words), a poem, illustration, or photograph depicting life in Wellesley and Weston, we would love to hear from you. Please email your submissions to jill@wellesleywestonmagazine.com. 224 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 8

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