Friday, August 28, 2009

Mom is Sad Today

Mom, Rocky & I just finished watching the service for Senator Ted Kennedy. My Mom's eyes have been watering for two days. It was a very moving service and when they sang "When Irish Eyes are Smiling" she lost it.



Her family are Boston Irish and she is the only one in her family to leave Boston. She grew up in the Kennedy Era. My Grandpa was a union official and was involved with politicians. He worked with Senator Kennedy on a couple of occasions.



Mom remembers Grandpa saying that Ted Kennedy would always ask "What can I do for you?". He always said "nothing", except one time he asked the Senator to ask his brother, the President, to send my Auntie Trisha an autographed photo. Sure enough a few days later a package came from the Senator's office with a autographed photo that said "To Pat...very best wishes, Mr. President."



Nearly 50 years later that photo still hangs in Auntie Trisha's house.



Here is a picture of Senator Kennedy taken in the early 1960's. My Grandpa is in the back to the Senator's left.


12 comments:

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Too khool!

My mom has a pikh she'll post on my Tuesday Telling -

The outpouring of support fur his family has been inkhredible!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra
PeeEssWoo: I think woo are in charge of cheering your mom! BTW, my word is WOOPEC

Checkers said...

Hi Diego -

Clive said...

Hi Diego

That was a lovely post and lovely to have a photo of your Grandpa with Ted Kennedy.

The has been huge coverage in the newspapers, television and radio here in Ireland - Ted Kennedy held a very special place in the hearts of Irish people.

Take care
Clive

Benson and Lily said...

What a nice story and picture. Go lick mom's face to cheer her up
Benny & Lily

Abby said...

Hi, Diego...

Me & my Mom just watched the Services on CNN...

Very touching...Especially Ted Jr...

Abby xxxooo

NORWOOD UNLEASHED said...

Diego.
That's a really cool story and it is a sad event this week. We are fortunate to have had him in our lifetime.
norwood

Siku Marie, White Dog said...

We have lost a great social leader in the loss of Senator Kennedy. He was one of the few truly intereted in helping the average guy. Your family is very lucky to have personal momentoes.

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Frank said...

The services and funeral were terribly sad. The fading light at Arlington as the family gathered was almost too much to watch. I saw the Senator twice: in DC during JFK's funeral as they all walked together to the church; and from the US Senate gallery a few years ago as he looked for a pair of glasses in a small desk off to the side.

I can't even imagine how hard it would be to be Irish from Boston.

Dawn said...

I agree it was (and still is) a very sad time. He will be missed.

Mason Dixie said...

that is so cool, I told the BF about your story and he even thought it was cool. =)