Thursday, 3 April 2014
My Evening With Oprah
I am a reluctant fan of most things and certainly not celebrities. I'm not the jump up and down, hoot and holler, type of person. But yet I have always admired Oprah and mainly for two reasons. For her early years, she often did shows dealing with the rights and needs of children; she tackled many issues of child abuse head on and included experts in the field on her show at a time when this was not really being done. She continued to do these shows even when ratings were indicating they were not her most popular. How could I, an educator and mother, not love that?
The second reason is how she managed to boost the idea of reading nation wide. By talking to authors and starting her book club, she gave reading an importance no one before or since has been able to do. Many people who had never read a book began reading because of her influence. As an educator and avid reader myself, how could I not love that?
So there I was that night amid joyful fans, cheering and clapping too with a big smile on my face. I dressed in pink with a purple scarf....Oprah's favourite colours. ( Actually I wore a pink boiled wool jacket with a pin in the lapel and with my silk scarf, I told everyone I was channeling Jackie Florrick, joke).
I would never have gone on my own, but I'm ever so glad I did.