I woke up at 2:30 this morning and saw that I had a text message from my husband who was working late. His message said that Teddy Kennedy passed away in the night. I sat there with my foggy brain and tried to absorb the news.
Teddy Kennedy was a symbol of hope, a staunch crusader for what he believed in, a tried and true Democrat, and the loyal leader of his family until the very end. He is my reference point when people ask what kind of Democrat I am. Liberal, moderate or conservative they ask...I say, "I am a Teddy Kennedy kind of Democrat."
Sen. Kennedy had his fair share and more of failures and dark hours. He made grave mistakes that laid embarrassment upon his family name. He was sought out by his opponents, who made every attempt to ruin him. And through it all, he recognized his failures, overcame the obstacles put before him and he persevered.
In the end he was a man who fought tirelessly for his causes, his country and his party. He represented his beloved state for more than 40 years in the US Senate. And, most importantly, he was a man who never failed to be there for his family. After the death of his beloved brothers, he took on the responsibility to be a supportive father figure to not only his own children, but also his nieces and nephews. While he was not perfect, he was an example of duty and honor to those you love and what you believe in.
The loss of the Lion of the Liberals and the Senate, I believe, will be felt by many in this country...Democrat, Republican, Independent and Abstainers. In our sadness, we must remember the words Teddy Kennedy spoke to us just one year ago...."The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dreams shall never die."
No matter which side of the aisle you are on...never forget to continue working for the betterment of you, your family and what you believe in. It is when we stop working and let go of hope that things fall apart. Progress is made not only through hard work , but also by keeping your dreams in close sight.
Thank you Senator Kennedy for the inspiration you have given us through the years and your undying service to this country.