As I spent Sunday working on my scrap blocks and another project or two, I came across a Perry Mason marathon on the Hallmark channel--at least I think that's the channel it was on. Every now and then, I'll catch an old, old episode from the 60s, but the episodes I watched today were from a later period--probably from the 80s would be my guess based on the clothing. And they may well have been TV movies when they first aired, because each was two hours long.
I love Perry Mason. Working in a "real" law firm isn't at all like it is on Perry Mason of course, but that's where my interest in working for a law firm started. When I was a kid, Perry Mason was one of my favorite shows, and my mom cultivated my interest, suggesting I could be just like Perry's secretary, Della Street. I've mentioned it before here--I wish she'd told me I could be just like Perry Mason; maybe I'd be an attorney now instead of a secretary. But back in those days, although there were a few female attorneys, they weren't very common and I don't think it occurred to my mom or to me that I could be an attorney.
As I watched Perry Mason today, though, I realized Della wasn't just any ordinary legal secretary. She was smart, loyal, dependable and well respected by everyone who worked with her. Not a bad role model, really--and not just for legal secretaries, but for all of us.
I guess we can't all be the center of attention, like Perry Mason. Maybe being Della Street isn't so bad after all.