Over the past few months I have been feeling under-employed, with too much time on my hands, that sort of thing. This feeling probably began around four months after Pearlie's passing.
I was sharing my feelings of ennui with Les,
I don't know what to do with myself. I don't know what my role is!
And Les replied,
Nelly – you are a matriarch. That is your role.
Matriarch. I rolled the concept around in my mind. Matriarch. Liked it very much. It is obvious when I think of it. The matriarch Pearlie died and I must fill her shoes. Even though she had huge feet and mine are average sized.
So what does a matriarch do?
The Oxford English Dictionary defines the role thus,
a woman who is the head of a family or tribe.
"in some cultures the mother proceeds to the status of a matriarch"
an older woman who is powerful within a family or organization.
"a domineering matriarch"