Remember Margaret Simon?
Let me give you a hint: Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume.
If you’ve ever read a Judy Blume book, then you know exactly what I’m talking about.
Like many girls who came of age in the late ’70s and early ’80s, I idolized Judy Blume. She was our go-to author for … well, everything. I count her as one of my greatest literary influences, as her novels were among my inspirations for wanting to become a writer.
Thanks to the wonder that is Facebook, I’m still friends with many of those girls who I traded Judy Blume books with at the lunch table. There’s a great picture of all of us in the cafeteria, our arms draped around each other, smiling as if we’ll always be forever young.
Like Margaret Simon.
This week came the news: there have now been two of our friends from that grade school group who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.
It was with both of my friends in mind today, and with a sad heart, that I read Judy Blume’s blog post about her own breast cancer diagnosis.
She helped get us through menstruation, the divorce or death of our parents, the trickiness of friendship, racism, and countless other trials of our teen years.
And now, as we deal with the shock of the Margarets and Deenies and Sally J. Freedmans and Rachel Robinsons in our lives getting breast cancer, Judy Blume is holding our hand once again by going public with her own battle, saying “this happened to me, too.”
Thank you, Judy … with all best wishes.
photo taken by me, August 15, 2011, at the Phipps Botanical Gardens and Conservatory, Pittsburgh, PA
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