Strength of Character

October 9, 2014 0 By Emmy D. Frank

One of the things that I love most about America is our ability to start over. Let’s face it, there aren’t too many places one can go where your past won’t haunt you. So it only seems appropriate that bad boy John Galliano should come across the pond to “start over.”  It won’t be easy but it looks like he may have the strength of character to admit his wrongdoings (they were a doozy) and atone for his misbehavior.In case you didn’t follow what happened in 2011, basically, it all started when Mr. Galliano had a little too much to drink. That led to a loose tongue, some incredibly offensive words which resulted in being fired from the House of Dior. Well, that was two years ago, and it looks like fashionistas will be able to thank Oscar de la Renta for providing a helping hand in bringing back one of the most talented designers that we have. The fall from grace and potential come back reminds me of Coco Chanel’s demise and rebirth. The 30-second version is that during WWII Coco had an amorous liaison with a German (read Nazi.) After the war, she moved to Switzerland and stayed there for almost a decade. It was only in the 1950s that she returned to France and re-opened her atelier, ironically with the financial backing of a prominent Jewish family.

Which is quite a long-winded way of saying that I truly believe that we all deserve a second chance? Of course, as a parent, it’s important to me that my children understand that it’s what you do to redeem yourself that shows the true strength of character. Many times, it’s easier to hide out and not face the consequences of our actions. As parents, we want to protect our children and it can be hard to have them face the consequences of their actions. Several weeks ago, I came across a tough love news story about a Florida teenager who was made to stand next to a large sign describing how she disobeyed her parents and possibly endangered her welfare. The parents acknowledged that the public humiliation was a necessary last resort so their daughter would understand the consequences of her actions. Acknowledging our foibles and working to correct them can be a humbling but necessary experience.

What do you think about giving Mr. John Galliano a second chance? Leave me a comment below.