SOLSC19 8/31: Poetry Friday, International Women’s Day

It’s March and the Slice of Life Challenge. Thanks to Two Writing Teachers for providing space for writers.

Welcome to Poetry Friday. There is a celebration of women happening at Reading to the Core, it’s International Women’s Day. Thanks, Catherine for hosting.

See this woman?

She’s Julia Rush, wife of Benjamin Rush, our namesake. (Smithsonian has a cool article about her, click on her name).

I say our because Grandma MacCulloch, Aunt Betty MacCulloch, and I share the name RUSH as our middle name. And when my three nieces, Marcelle, Sadie, and Hannah were born they received the middle name RUSH. And three years ago our niece, Everly arrived into the world and she also was given RUSH as a middle name.

Rush MacCulloch Women, 1997
From left to right: Jone Rush, Sadie Rush, Marcelle Rush,
Hannah Rush, Elizabeth Rush

Love this photo of my nieces and our aunt. I wrote a poem about it twenty-two years ago:

I’ve often think about updating the poem. When Catherine said March 8 was International Women’s Day, the light bulb went on.

Rush MacCulloch Women, 2019
From left to right: Marcelle Rush, Hannah Rush, Jone Rush. Sadie Rush

In This Picture (Redux)

Four of us are Rush MacCulloch women
Three of us live in the Pacific Northwest
One of us lives on the east coast

Four of us are smiling
Four of us are aunts
One is a great aunt

Four of us are adventurous
Three of us have travelled to Europe
One of us has travelled to Asia

Four of us love animals
Two of us own dogs
Two of us own cats

We lost Aunt Betty
We gained Ms Everly
Still three generations- Rush MacCulloch women

©jone rush macculloch

Ms Everly Rush, 2019

I love these women! And a special shout out to Laura, my brother’s significant other who found the article on Julia Rush and forwarded it to us Rush MacCulloch women.

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10 Responses to SOLSC19 8/31: Poetry Friday, International Women’s Day

  1. katswhiskers says:

    What a wonderful way of looking at family – and such a special connection!

  2. lindabaie says:

    This is awesome, Jone. To be a “Rush” woman surely is a special thing! I love that you discovered the connection.

  3. maryleehahn says:

    LOVE that you continue to pass along your history in this name!

  4. Jone, this is a wonderful celebration of your family and heritage. Thank you for the link to the article about Julia Rush. What a strong, inspiring woman! It looks like Ms. Everly Rush has inherited that strength!

  5. mbhmaine says:

    I love how you celebrated the strength of women within your own family!

  6. Jone, I love that all of you have the same name, and I love the poems you wrote to celebrate your beautiful family.

  7. haitiruth says:

    What a great heritage! Ruth,

  8. I luv this joyful genealogy of the Rush McCullough women, Jone! And both photographs. Here to many more photographs of your enduring family women. I began reading the Julia Rush link & am so interested to go back, especally because I grew up outside Quakertown, N.J. knowing of the Stockton family & the Princeton area was a part of our family lore. Appreciations for this lift.

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