June 5, 2010
The Senator’s fundraiser was fabulously fun. They always are – but that will never change the fact that I am apprehensive each and every time. I suppose in my eight years of being a Senator’s wife, I have realized that when a candidate has the support of many people, these events are enjoyable. But, when the candidate is running and not many are following…that is when they become uncomfortable…at least for me anyway.
This week, however has been full of stress. On Monday, the Senator officially filed to run for re-election. The first time he did this eight years ago, we went to the Capitol all dressed up with our children and a camera. Once we got there, we quickly realized that the check which accompanies the document had to be a cashiers check and that the official paper he was filing had to be notarized. Oops. Of course we panicked and scrambled and ran to the closest bank where these details were quickly completed.
This time around, the Senator went by himself and turned the forms in without any pomp and circumstance. No wife, no children….no camera. Meanwhile, I was at home glued to my computer, watching the screen to see who else would step up to the plate and take the Senator on….
We knew there was a lady out there on the horizon planning on challenging the Senator. We had heard about her back in March. However, this year as with every election cycle there are winds of change blowing through the electorate which will motivate various individuals to enter into public service. Eight years ago the Senator had just opened his own small business and was angry at the bureaucratic red tape that impeded economic success in our state. He had no idea who he would be running against or why, only that the incumbent had chosen to retire and the senate seat was being vacated.
This year, there is a strong anti-incumbent mood in the air………we’ll see.
Regardless, the Senator is locked and loaded and ready to continue his fight for a more prosperous future. (Just a little political rhetoric for your amusement!)
Recently we met a friend of ours from the City who graciously agreed to help us capture some family photos for use in the Senator’s upcoming campaign. Having done this for two previous campaigns – the Senator’s kids knew full well what was expected of them…despite the windy and sometimes cool conditions. Can you tell we are extremely wind blown in this shot?
Or, tired and cranky in this one…..
At this point, the Senator wanted to re-cycle some photos from the previous campaign…. which might have worked if the kids had not changed any, right? I’ve written about campaign photos before. It’s a process. And, somehow I am thinking we are not quite done with this one yet…
Late last spring and into the summer months I wrote a handful of blog posts that I never published. I am sure I did this intentionally as we were in campaign mode and I was a little paranoid…or protective…. or tired of being in the fish bowl…. Anyway, none of it matters now that the Senator’s campaign has successfully come to a close, so I thought I would share…..
May 21, 2010
Yesterday, two of our friends buried their 11 month old son. It was a beautiful, uplifting funeral of faith where the lessons this little boy imparted on those around him were noted and remembered. An 11 month old can shed light on many things.
I do not like funerals. However, if they were all like this one, I would make a point to attend. I know that sounds silly, but I believe God sends us all here for a reason, and yesterday many of those reasons were duly noted. We were all reminded to cherish life and live it with purpose and no regret.
The service took it out of me and the Senator. Seeing that I had picked him up at the Capitol, when I took him back to work, he invited me in. Sounds silly, but I have not wanted to spend much time at the Marble Palace as of late….and he knows it. I also think he enjoys having me around that crazy place. So, I acquiesced and joined him for a bit as he prepared to go back into session. I walked onto the floor with him to check on a bill he was about to present, sat in his office and talked to friends that were in the building and stared at the piles of paper work and correspondence that were on top of his desk. It was a Kodak moment and of course, I did not have my camera.
As it was time to leave, I gave the Senator a big hug and kiss as I was reminded on this day how much I love him, cherish our family and how much I respect what he is doing for our great state.