Sad news: Margaret Truman, the only child of former President Harry Truman, has died.
In reading through her the story on MSNBC about her life, I was struck by this quote:
â€œIâ€™ve had three or four different careers,â€? she told an interviewer in 1989. â€œI consider being a wife and mother a career. I have great respect for women â€” both those who go out and do their thing and those who stay at home. I think those who stay at home have a lot more courage than those who go out and get a job.â€?
Margaret Truman was the kind of person who could say something like that and really mean it. I also respect mothers who stay at home, and fathers, too, and it is always a struggle for me between the pull to be a parent and the pull to have a career. Luckily, I have been able to work part-time while my children are young.
I always liked the story about how President Truman freaked out when some critics were less than positive about Margaret’s singing debut. It made the Trumans so human and familiar.