I was blessed to have two extraordinary grandmothers. One, 4 foot 8, fiery, optimistic and full of faith, she immigrated from Columbia to New Orleans with 3 young children at the age of 25. The other had 10 children by the age of 30, yet somehow managed to become a successful lobbyist in Washington, DC, and a great political leader in Louisiana, running several campaigns, becoming President of the New Orleans school board, and eventually earning an honorary Doctorate from Loyola University (alongside Harry Connick Jr. I might add). Both of my grandmothers were always hard-working, charitable, sunny and bright (despite life's hardships), and especially valiant.