“Pearls of Steel” Cartoon Honoring Barbara Bush Moves the Masses on Social Media
See the emotional tribute to the late, great First Lady.
“I don't know if she would have liked it or not (she really wasn't that into the limelight, so probably not),” cartoonist Marshall Ramsey wrote in The Clarion-Ledger. “All I know is drawing it made me remarkably sad.”
It’s no surprise that “Pearls of Steel,” Ramsey’s cartoon depicting Barbara Bush reuniting in Heaven with Robin, the three-year-old daughter she lost to cancer, is going viral.
Like most Americans, he never got that chance to meet the stubborn, classy, and fiercely loyal former First Lady millions came to love. But, like the rest of us, he felt like he knew her.
“She had an abundance of self-esteem. That confidence gave her the ability to laugh at herself,” his essay accompanying the cartoon continues. “And while the Bush family was anything but poor, she faced life challenges that would send many of us to our knees.”
“She earned that strength and confidence. Early in their marriage, the couple's daughter Robin was diagnosed with leukemia. When the doctors told them to take her home to die, they poured their resources and hearts into finding a cure. They didn't. Robin died at the age of 3. I've read that Barbara's hair prematurely turned gray due to the stress from it. I can believe it.”
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Ramsey outlined lessons that can be learned from her unapologetic life lived in the spotlight. These include the following:
“Even if your pearls are fake, make sure you are real;” and “Put your family first. Your career won't be holding your hand at the end.”
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.