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Thank you for a lifetime of service

August 27, 2009

The Kennedy’s are a powerful symbol to this country (particularly if you’re from an Irish family like yours truly), and the day before yesterday was quite sad for us Americans, as Senator Ted Kennedy’s life came to an end after his long battle with brain cancer.

In the past, I did a blog post about the Kennedy family as an homage to their traditional, nautical and classic approach to clothing style, and the powerful impact that the Kennedy family has had on the way we dress.

…But Kennedy style is only a veneer, the icing on the cake, so to speak. The helping hands that the Kennedy family has extended far and wide to all of us have been a vital building block in this country.

I want to share my own family’s story about how Senator Kennedy touched our lives. When you take a step back and realize that one person can have such a profound postive impact on so many people, it truly is remarkable.

here goes.

Yesterday, my Mom called in to NPR to tell her story of how in the late 1960’s Senator Kennedy made it possible for her to come home from the hospital by donating her family a hospital bed that would help hold a k-wire in her leg in place so she could recover from her operations at home with her family. Thanks to Senator Kennedy, my grandmother and grandfather were able to stay at home with their other children and also take care of my mom when otherwise she might of spent months in the hospital while my mom’s family struggled with the stress of having to travel into the city frequently to visit her.

So there you have it, Senator Kennedy helped my mom’s parents, my mom, and now forty some odd years later this story has moved me. His one life had such a big impact! I hope that you too can find someone to look up to like Senator Kennedy. He was a man filled with such drive and purpose. He realized that whether something was a large issue or a small, it could impact someone, and change their lives for the better.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 30, 2009 6:49 pm

    What a lovely post! Your personal story was very touching and how wonderful to hold a little piece of history within your own family history.

    Thank you for visiting my blog. Nantucket was beautiful and both my husband and I had a lovely time. I was sad to leave after our relaxing stay. I’ll be posting more if you care to stop back.

    Enjoy your Sunday ~
    Jo

  2. September 7, 2009 11:55 pm

    What a wonderful story! Thanks for sharing LLGxx

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