Itʼs crazy how time flies. With December comes a chill, merry music, and the excitement of some time at home with family and friends.
And, of course, the latest installment of “Women Who Make a Difference”….. Nancy Drew! (I wonder if you sleuthed that one out?)
I donʼt know about you, but my childhood was filled with books, and my favorites were (are!) the Nancy Drew books. My fascination wasnʼt just with the plot, but rather, with Nancy.
In the beginning, she was nothing more than a name. A simple, yet classic name that is
still cherished 83 years later. She debuted in 1930, a time when girls were much in need of a role model who raised their ideals. Not only did she encourage reading, but Nancy did detective work which was traditionally “a manʼs job.” She became the embodiment of wit, courage, and independence. She is someone I always looked up to and aspired to be like. Although she came along way before my time, I know that she had the same effect on me as she did countless other girls. Nancy was gutsy, resourceful, didnʼt need a man, and could solve any mystery long after others had given up!
Authorship changed hands several times throughout the years, but the original writer, Mildred A. Birt Benson, was tired of the “namby-pamby” style of books for girls, and decided that Nancy would be nothing of the sort- something that helped Nancy become wildly popular.
Nancy has remained a role model to girls throughout the years. Sheʼs not afraid of standing out and doing what she loves. She has modernized a bit as time has passed, but still retains the qualities that brought her to fame oh-so long ago. “Nancy,” said mystery writer Nancy Pickard in her introduction to an edition of The Hidden Staircase, “…is our bright heroine, chasing down the shadows, conquering our worst fears, giving us a glimpse of our brave and better selves, proving to everybody exactly how admirable and wonderful a thing it is to be a girl.” The original series follows Nancy through 175 different books (I encourage you to read them!), as well as several spin-off series.
What can you learn from Nancy (other than following a good hunch)? Donʼt be afraid to be different! Confidently put your best foot forward in all that you do. Each one of you is lovely and wonderful -just fantastic-and I want you to leave your mark on the world. Stand up. Speak out. Be brave.