Barbara Bush was a loving wife and mother, a great First Lady of the United States, and a force to be reckoned with. C.S. Lewis, in Mere Christianity, sets forth his explanation for why the Bible requires the man be the head of the household. His explanation, in part, is this:
A woman is primarily fighting for her own children and husband against the rest of the world. Naturally, almost, in a sense, rightly, their claims override, for her, all other claims. She is the special trustee of their interests. The function of the husband is to see that this natural preference of hers is not given its head. He has the last word in order to protect other people from the intense family patriotism of the wife.
Lewis, C. S.. Mere Christianity (C.S. Lewis Signature Classics) (p. 114). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.
Barbara Bush was always the fierce Bush. Editorial cartoonists depicted her husband, a true war hero, as carrying around a purse. None dared do that with Barbara Bush. She oversaw a family that had a President and two governors, one of whom then went on to be President. She was a real family patriot, fiercely loyal and fiercely proud and fiercely devoted.
Her devotion to her country was something to behold as well. While her husband led the country to war, she was out in the heartland helping kids learn to read. She was absolutely committed to lowering the rate of illiteracy in the country and she wasn't going to take no for an answer when it came to enlisting others in her cause.
Interwoven in all of it, though, was a deep, personal love between Barbara Bush and her husband. For the first time in seventy-three years, George is now without Barbara by his side. Their romance, in letters and family, is one of the ages and Heaven's gain is our loss.
They don't make them like Barbara Bush anymore. God bless her and her family.