I was deeply saddened when I stumbled home at the end of Saturday night's rooftop festivities and discovered that one of my childhood heroes had died. Bea Arthur died April 25 at the age of 86. Yesterday I received many kind emails, phone calls and text messages asking how I was handling the news. The way people have been acting, you would think Bea Arthur was my own grandmother. And in a way, she sort of was. If you read this blog with any regularity, you know about my obsession with the Golden Girls that stemmed at a very young age. Bea taught me many important life lessons - most importantly that being sharp and sassy will get you far in life, and that any problem can be solved with cheesecake.
My love for Bea Arthur is displayed in many ways, from the GG mousepad I'm using right now, to the Bea Arthur shirt I made for my friend Liz. Well... I wanted it to say "I heart Bea Arthur" but I'm mentally challenged so it came out saying "I heart BEA ARTUR" with a backwards E.
I think Bea would have approved of the shirt, mostly because it looks like it was made in St. Olaf. Speaking of St. Olaf, Betty White had this to say of her fellow Golden Girl:
"I knew it would hurt, I just didn't know it would hurt this much. I'm so happy that she received her Lifetime Achievement Award while she was still with us, so she could appreciate that,"
Man I'm depressed. I'll be sitting Shiva this week and singing the Golden Girls theme song. Thank you for being a friend Bea, you'll be missed! And so I'll leave you with one of my favorite Dorothy Zbornack quotes...
“I could have been living in a swinging singles condo instead of with… oh I better not say anything before I’ve had my morning cup of coffee… a slut and a moron. Sorry, I guess it's decaf.”