"She is credited with naming her husband's most famous character."
When Walt Disney showed his wife, Lillian, a drawing of a cartoon mouse and told her he was going to name it "Mortimer Mouse," she said the name sounded "too sissified" and suggested "Mickey" instead.
Good Mourning Widows! Joy to you and me.
The skies are cloudy here 20 miles north of where the World Trade Center used to be.
Temperatures are a balmy 58 degrees.
I sit in shortsleeved tee shirt and cutoff jeans pounding a keyboard, sipping black coffee, beginning my new writing day. I'm dreaming of a white Christmas plays softly.
It's already a joy-filled day!
Today we honor and welcome famous widow Lillian Bounds Disney to our joyous club, the club nobody wants to be a member of.
Lillian is famous widow to famous Walter Disney.
Lillian was one of Walter's first employees. She lived out the remainder of her years and died 31 years and one day after Walt's death at age 98.
After Walter's death, Lillian became active in many charities supporting children and the arts. She is credited with the landmark donation of $50 million to the Music Center of Los Angeles County to build a world-class concert hall "for the city that had done so much for her and her husband."
How's that for mourning joy?
After we remember Him, finger hug your pen.
What would you have named that little mouse?
C'mon. You can do it.
I dare you.
More Mourning Joy:
Q: What should you do to a white elephant?
A: Hold it's nose until it turns blue.
Have a joy-filled day Widows. And remember, we're not alone.