Barbara Bush Remembered for Her Smile, Kindness

This week, Houston mourns one of its most prominent residents. Barbara Bush, former First Lady of the United States, passed on Tuesday at her home in west Houston. This occurred after it was announced that she would not seek more care for health conditions, choosing palliative care instead.

Although she was born in Manhattan and attended school in South Carolina, she lived in Houston for nearly 60 years, and it is here that she made her greatest impact.

A Smile You Can’t Forget

Many people across the city have personal memories of Barbara Bush. This week, we have taken time to remember the good she has done for us. One of these memories that was brought up was that of servers at Molina’s Cantina, where the Bushes came several times. Server Leo Mendoza said, “She was always smiling.” Her smile left an impression on people. It was a truly welcoming smile. She loved children and read to large audiences of them during the holiday season. It was not without reason that many people thought of her as “America’s grandmother.”

Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale was also impressed with her smile. He described her as “the type of person who’d light up a room, treated everybody the same, whether it was the person serving or the biggest person in the room.”

A Classic Romance

Barbara Bush is famous for saying that she married the first man she ever kissed. But there is much more to the story, when you consider that between their first meeting and their marriage, the war intervened.

They were engaged before George went off to fight for the nation, the youngest naval aviator to serve at that point. He named three of his planes after her. When he returned on leave, the two of them were married, and then he enrolled in Yale, in the tradition of his family, although he remained in the Navy until after Japan’s surrender.

A strong marriage is a great foundation for a home, but the Bushes didn’t have a chance to set one up for a long time. They had to move around often along the East Coast for George’s naval service, then moved to California, but it wasn’t until they reached Houston that they were able to settle. And it was here that George began his political career. Barbara was a stalwart supporter and helped him strategically.

Champion of Literacy

When George became the Vice President, Barbara decided as Second Lady that literacy would be her cause. She believed that the challenge of literacy was one of the greatest that our nation faced, and that a literate nation would be a better nation. She began a nationwide campaign to improve literacy.

In Houston, she founded the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation. Recognizing her efforts in favor of education, several schools have been named after her, including an elementary school here in Houston.

A Loss to Our Community

With her white hair, pearls, and bright, pearly smile, Barbara Bush has been such an icon that we can’t help but miss her. Our lives will be diminished at her loss, and we can only hope to live up to her kindness and desire to make our nation and our world a better place.

Author
Dr. Scott Young, DDS

You Might Also Enjoy...

The Link Between Hormone Changes and Gingivitis

You know that your oral hygiene habits and diet can affect your risk of gum disease, but you might not be aware of the link between your hormones and gingivitis. Here’s what you need to know to protect yourself from gum disease.

How Long Will My New Crown Last?

With the right care, a dental crown can last for years. Here’s what you need to know about how long your new dental crown will last and what you can do to maintain its condition. Read on to learn more.

7 Procedures That Periodontists Perform

Periodontists perform surgical and nonsurgical procedures to treat various stages of gum disease. Here’s what you need to know about periodontal treatment and what you can do to lower your risk of gum disease.

2 Types of Tooth Stains

Nobody wants a discolored smile, but did you know that some tooth stains are easier to fix than others? Here’s what you need to know about the two types of tooth stains and which teeth whitening treatment will work best for you.

Treatment for Your Gingivitis

Unlike the more advanced stages of gum disease, gingivitis is reversible when treated early. Read on to learn more about the signs and symptoms of gingivitis and what you can do to protect yourself.

Reasons You Might Need Dental Implants

Dental implants are more than a cosmetic solution to tooth loss. They also improve and protect your oral and overall health. Here’s what you need to know about implants and whether they’re right for you.