MY VALENTINE STORY FOR YOUIn 1958 I lived in Hollywood, California and was a junior at Hollywood High School. One day I was walking down Hollywood Blvd on my way back from school. Just as I stepped off a curb a flashy red convertible with its top down made a loud screeching sound as it came to an abrupt stop. The driver was none other than Eddie Cantor!
He is quoted as saying, "Slow down and enjoy life. Its's not only the scenery you miss...you also
miss the sense of where you are going and why."
What you may not know is that he was a devoted family man, very generous to charities, and helped develop the phrase The March of Dimes. In fact, he was the force behind raising money for polio such that in 1938 the White House was deluged with 2,680,000 dimes sent, recognizing that Franklin D. Roosevelt suffered from polio.
My brief "meeting" with Mr. Cantor was his big smile, a wave of apology, and a rolling of eyes. Thanks to him this Valentine's Day, I reflect on my life:
I do enjoy life.
I have slowed down though I remain busy.
I know where I am going and why:
My mission is to spread the word about ovarian cancer.
I do that in hopes that lives can be saved
And women can find hope and inspiration.
Are you enjoying the life you have been blessed to have even though there may be challenges? February is the month of love, today is Valentine's Day, and it is National Cancer Awareness Month, so what could be more loving than to slow down and enjoy the gift of life?