Wednesday, April 18, 2018


Barbara Bush, wife of President George Herbert Walker Bush, passed away on Tuesday, April 17, at the age of 92. She is survived by her husband, who is 93. Mrs. Bush always seemed incongruously older-looking than her husband, even back in the 1990s. I suppose what this really means is that she wasn't afraid to present herself as she was, which is an admirable trait: here in Korea, you'll see stooped-over octogenarian women (and men) shuffling down the street with perfectly black hair, a sign of lingering vanity and, perhaps, a superstitious attempt to fend off the Reaper who comes for us all.

Mrs. Bush didn't really impinge upon my life, but I pass my condolences along to the Bush family, which has lost its matriarch.


  1. They say that when she lost her 4 year old daughter to leukemia, her hair rapidly whitened.

    I have no idea if that is true, but it sounds so sad.

  2. Yeah, I saw somewhere that her hair began to whiten before she was 30.



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