Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Case Study 47: "The Queen Bitch"

"She keeps Moet et Chandon
In her pretty cabinet
'Let them eat cake', she says
Just like Marie Antoinette
A built-in remedy
For Kruschev and Kennedy
At anytime an invitation
You can't decline"

- Queen 

The majority of my childhood companions were not quite members of what we might call "the fairer sex."  Though with a definite affinity for Barbies in lieu of Transformers, and a perfect Tinkerbell polished nail whiz by age 4, I just never mastered my gossip and hound skills enough to get on with the Queen Bees of the playground. I was too busy aspiring to be an Amelia Earheart traveler, Summer Sanders gold medalist, and international Bond girl of mystery to care.  I was also pretty content with my situation, and adventuring and avoiding drama with the boys left me with little aim to wish for more lady comrades than I could count on one hand at any time.  

When I left home, male and female relationships seemed to get a little more complicated every year that passed.  But after weeding through the underbrush of a semester or so at school, I scored the most divinely brilliant Amazons in the collegiate jungle, and things changed.  Assembled in the mess of exhausting athletic seasons and wild dormitory bonding, I found a type of friendship that I had only shared with a few lifelong friends and the women in my family that inspired me to dream and strive.  Strong-willed and determined, intelligent and talented, these are women who aren't afraid to be caring and good while stubbornly fighting for what they want.  I can't imagine surrounding myself with any friends unlike such genuinely real femme fetales.  Sassy, yet saucy, and anything but typical, they are women not afraid to kick ass. 


"The Queen Bitch" is a Victoria sponge cake filled with strawberry preserves and topped with a fondant encrusted whipped buttercream.  Sturdy, strong, and crowned royale, she's literally a dame among men.

They say that Queen Victoria was one independent and determined broad during her 63 year reign of the UK into the 20th century. Leading a nation into expansion and a people toward progress, she was the namesake of an era and nothing short of utterly awesome.

Before her coronation in 1837 she wrote:"I look forward to the event which it seems is likely to occur soon, with calmness and quietness. I am not alarmed at it, and yet I do not suppose myself quite equal to all; I trust, however, that with good-will, honesty, and courage I shall not, at all events, fail."  She was full of motivation, in awe of what laid before her, and destined for nothing but greatness.  

Though I still keep my main men closer than ever, the Queen Bee dramas of bygone schooldays definitely faded into obscurity.  Ladies, take heed from Queen V. herself, and never forget to rule.

1 comment:

Summer is a Verb said...

How très apropos and just in time for the debut of The Young Victoria. Wish they sold these at the concessions...XXOO