The Supreme Optimist
I just sadly read about the death of Terry Ryan, author of The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio. Her wonderful book captured the spirit of her mother Evelyn as one of the Universe’s premiere natural conscious creators. Evelyn, portrayed by actress Julianne Moore in the movie by the same name released in 2005, was the supreme optimist, a woman who lived her life in a state of constant joy, despite having an abusive alcoholic as a husband and ten children. While her husband squandered the family livlihood on drink, leaving them often without food and even nearly homeless, Evelyn wrote contest jingles, slogans and limericks in the 1950s for such products as Beech-Nut gum, Purina Dog Chow and Dial Soap. She loved her "hobby," the winnings from which ultimately fed, clothed, provided transportation for her family and even covered the mortgage in desparate times. By staying in her state of joy regardless of what happened around her, envisioning herself winning, and confidently knowing that the Universe would provide, Evelyn attracted the success and money that helped her raise 10 children in a home filled with her love. Hats off to this incredible woman and the daughter she raised who would tell her amazing story!