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A Woman's Place is in the Revolution
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

On more than one occasion, my nine-year old son has observed that these United States of America should have a female President. He's made these remarks on his own, out of the blue, and without prompting. He’s started several conversations with his father and me asking why the USA hasn’t elected a woman as President. What this tells me is that our son has learned the value of female leadership and is not threatened by it. His belief in the ability of women to lead obviously started at home, a home that encourages him to think and express himself. Equal credit to his dad and me for this environment.

So how has a 9 year old little boy in the American South learned the value of female leadership, while a female elected official has so badly missed the boat? Why did she run for public office (a feat I am not willing to undertake despite consistent encouragement to so do)? Was her purpose to lead? Or was it to cater to the lowest common denominator in order to garner a vote or two? Does she really believe what she said? Did she think the men to whom she was speaking would think she was “cool” for undermining women and putting us in our place? Did she think she was telling her audience what it wanted to hear? Did she think it would lead to more for her own position within the political establishment? The latter questions are most troubling and deserve scrutiny from women and men alike.

Rep. Ellmers' statements are, even in this completely dysfunctional political atmosphere, astonishing, and infuriating. They harken to what I thought was a bygone era in which women were set aside, patted on the head, and expected to look pretty while keeping their mouths shut. A time in which women had to play dumb to get along and be accepted. A time when women were routinely told their intellectual capacity wasn't enough. When women were expected to only fill specific roles even when their ambitions were far greater. When women themselves failed to recognize and pursue their inherent value.

Female leadership takes many forms; women move our homes, communities, and country forward in everyday and extraordinary ways. By teaching a young child the value of the feminine perspective. By holding public office. By leading. I am enormously proud that our young son has learned this lesson. He's available to teach this lesson to Rep. Ellmers and bring the conversation UP to a woman's level. Or at least to the level of a 9-year old.

Rep. Ellmers full remarks may be found here:

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

5 a.m. wakeup call: "MOM, DAD, I AM THROWING UP!" That's music to a parent's ear. And for a working parent, it means an unexpected day out of the office. Team members have to be notified; clients must be rearranged; telephone calls rerouted to the cell or home phone; expectations have to be reset.

With the rash of snow and ice days in Georgia, my office has been shutdown several times over the past few weeks. Like any business owner, I think about meeting client demands and production deadlines. So I pulled out some files, logged in to the office computer via (lifesaver - this is an unpaid promotion), and prepared to do some work. A few emails in, and my son continues to be ill. Repeatedly. I set work aside after managing the first of two conference calls, thinking I'll come back to it later.

Then THIS happened:

A little boy asked me to sit in his room while he rested, specifically in the reclining rocking chair we've had since he came home from the hospital. A little boy asked me to sing him "that song" I used to sing when he was truly little. A little boy asked me to curl up with him; to keep refreshing the cold compress on his forehead; to bring him some water; to just be there with him. So I did these things for him.

He's my little boy and I only have one chance to do this Mom thing the right way. Today, I think I did a pretty good job. The evidence? (1) My son asked me when Mother's Day would come around on the calendar. (2) He also said that the Kid President was right about Moms. For those unfamiliar with the Kid President, here you go:

(3) Something sweet and special he said to me, which will remain in my heart.

Some days, I have to be mostly a Lawyer. Today, I got to be mostly a Mom. And that is what I needed to do and where I needed to be on this day. I'm certain my clients will understand - a few will even nod their heads with a knowing smile.

It has been a long time since I spent a day in that old rocking chair. While I will take one more conference call today (instead of showing up in person at the meeting), I will do it from that chair so I can keep an eye on my sick little boy. As soon as I freshen up this cold compress.

Monday, February 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Is heroin more than just a drug addiction problem? Is it a national security threat? Interesting facts on the sources of heroin from the Drug Policy Alliance. Something to think about, and something that isn't really being discussed.

As a very astute college friend remarked this weekend, "tell your kids early: there are two things you can never make a mistake with: heroin and guns." That advice is short, sweet, and directly to the point. Thanks, Dave.

Folks, talk to the kids in your life about drug use and addiction. It is never too early to plant the seeds that will help our children to avoid risky behavior as they grow up.

Friday, January 31, 2014 | 2 Comments

Many people have raised TSPLOST in the last two days, some claiming that TSPLOST would have alleviated the traffic and commuter nightmare experienced by so many on Tuesday/Wednesday of this week. So, I went back and took a look at TSPLOST project lists to see what, if any, impact TSPLOST would have had, assuming all projects could have been completed since the day of the vote. Sorry, I'm just not buying that TSPLOST would have done anything to help with the situation this week. I will add, however, that the idea of a true local and regional rail system is fascinating to me. If we had leaders among our elected officials, the rail system would be at the forefront of the conversation. The construction itself would lead to an economic boom. The foresight and innovation in undertaking such a massive public project would garner international attention and interest. The completion of the project would serve to change the way our fast paced lives are led; I believe it could be a change for the better. Food for thought.


Laura French,
The Mom Lawyer.