Aunt Ruth served our country in various jobs. As part of the "greatest generation," there was a lot more service than there is today, and Aunt Ruth's involvement impresses and humbles me. She drove military vehicles, worked as an accountant during the war while her husband was in London. Her accountant's job was to ferret out inappropriate naval expenses. During the Carter administration, she was one of two women chosen for a 12-person committee to review applicants for federal judgeships in the state of Ohio. She had a reputation from her years of work in the Women's Auxillary of the Ohio Bar Association.
Yesterday, I asked her which of her achievements gave her the most pride, and without hesitation, she said, "when I read resumes for the federal court. That is a lifetime appointment, and while on the committee, I noticed a common pleas judge who had said he had never been divorced on his application. He lied. I knew his first wife! I reported the lie knowing that if he was dishonest about his marital status, he was not someone who should be a federal judge! He never got over being rejected, but I like to think I saved a lot of people from rulings handed down by a dishonest man."
Maya Angelou says, "People show you who they are the first time." Aunt Ruth says that she never met Maya, but I wonder....
Thanks, Aunt Ruth for standing by your principles. (we could sure use her now!)