Good bye Teddy and thank you
I wasn't going to post about Teddy Kennedy's death because there sure has been a lot of coverage; but Greg Laden asked us for our favorite stories about Teddy Kennedy and as one who was born and bred in MA and returned to live in MA in my mid30's, I have so many stories.
My grandfather knew (and didn't like) Joe Kennedy (those stories are for another post) and when I was a child, my priest's housekeeper told me it would be a sin "to support Jack Kennedy for president just because he was Catholic" (I was 12). As I grew up I heard all the Teddy stories (both the funny and the bad ones). However, as I became an adult I became increasingly aware of the differences he was making in our everyday lives--including in my own when because of Kennedy Kassebaum my sister's cancer treatment was covered by insurance.
I always said I wouldn't want my sister to marry him (although actually that may have been better than.... sorry bad digression) but I was damn glad he was my senator. He made the world better, I thank him and so morn his loss.
BTW my favorite Teddy Kennedy story--we met him in his office and he had pictures taken. He sent one of me, my sister and our whole families to my mother with a signed note thanking her for raising such a fine bunch of Democrats. Her response was "Democrats;I'm no Democrat"; but she kept the picture and showed it to everyone who visited.
Good bye Teddy and thank you.