May 20, 2008
You've seen the news
I'm not a praying person, but any of you who are, please say a few for Ted Kennedy.
I met Kennedy when I was four or five. I had gone to Washington for exams and surgery at Walter Reed. My dad was in the Air Force and had died when I was four and I got that good old government funded health care via survivor benefits.
Anyway, in one of my outings with my mother, we went to the Capitol. I was in a wheelchair. I guess we were in the rotunda, and Teddy came walking through. He saw yours truly, a pitiable little kid in a wheel chair, and came over to say hello. I knew he was somebody famous; I may have thought he was JFK. He spoke with my mother, then whisked me away to ride the senators' private elevator and go onto the floor of the senate. That's all.
He's done a lot for this country, but I remember him because he was good to me as a little kid and I wish him well.