Friday, August 28, 2009

Sorry, I'm in the zone...the Kennedy zone, that is :)

I don't know if you know this, but I love the Kennedy family.

I'm serious. I LOVE the Kennedys.

I get giddy when someone brings them up because I know that I probably know more than they do. And I'm sure I'll have a kid named after them.

I'm not sure when the love began. I can't really tell you the time period in my short life or what Kennedy bio I read first. I know it was about John Kennedy. But I have always had a deep love for history so I'm sure I was intrigued when I read about a young president who was shot while in office. And since I have a tendency in my life to err on the nerdier side of the situation, I'm sure I quickly went out to find my first book to read. When I read books about them, my husband says I go into what he calls the "Kennedy Zone".

Suddenly, I found myself completely wrapped up in the world of the Kennedys and all that their world meant.

I've read so many books now about Jack, Jackie, Bobby, Ethel, and everyone else. I found out that Ethel liked the word, "pal". I was immediately inspired by President Kennedy's famous speech. I learned that Jackie didn't let Caroline and John Jr. to play with Ethel's bunch because they were so wild. Every time there was a Kennedy movie on tv, I, of course, tuned in to watch them. And I cried when I read about the Kennedy curse that seemed to doom their family in such a vast way. I've read about every Kennedy that is famous whether their fame came from being a great president or senator or being the brother and daughter who were left behind when John and Bobby left this world.

As my love and thirst for knowledge about their drive grew, they became my family too. I learned what it meant to be patriotic because of the Kennedy family. They were the embodiment of America's spirit. They knew what it was to achieve the American dream. They knew what it was to fight racial prejudice as Irish Americans. They made you believe in the dream of opportunity and hope that America offers. They believed that every American could be better.

Without a doubt, this family in large part are the reason that I want to be in public service for my contribution in the form of my work to this life.

But they also were and are very real people. They have kids. They like dogs. They know loss. They know military. They make friends. And they LOVE football.

They made me believe that much is required of me because much has been given. I strive for ways to ask what I can do for my country. And I hope that the work is always there for me to do. I pray that the cause of making a better America and government endures. But most of all, I hope the American dream never dies. Because without these things and my faith in God and family (Sooners included), I don't know who I am.

John inspired me.
Robert challenged me.
Teddy changed me.

And now they are all gone.

And I am so sorry to say that I don't know what the world will be like without the Kennedys. It is the end of an era.

But you know what this means. There'll be a hell of a lot more Kennedy material to read, starting with Teddy's memoirs in October.

And I will get to know another Kennedy brother and what drove him to be who he was.

I've heard it has something to do with the sea that so many, including his own family whom he is with now, crossed to what would be a small but mighty nation called America.

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Hi y'all! The name's Samantha. You can call me Sam if you like. I am a lover to a boy I met at Falls Creek in the summer of 2005, that is a student of Jesus, a Sooner born and Sooner bred and when I die I'll be Sooner dead, Democrat by party, blonde to the core, and oldies but goodies kind of girl.
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