Wednesday, April 13, 2011

queens girl says : goodbye gerry

Geraldine Ferraro [may her memory be for blessing]
from this life to the next 
@ March's end. 

So in time; her time had come; 
as surely as it will come for all who emerge from birth; 
rooted in their humanness.
A servant for the public good --- known to her friends, supporters, family, voters as: Gerry.

Her funeral, an event which made demands upon the logistical preparedness and capacities of Saint Vincent Ferrer; was an occasion I refrained from attending. 
I determined it was not the best way to recognize New York's loss. 
My loss. 
Ferraro was a Fordham Law graduate; former Queens taxpayer; mother; and the first Democratic woman to run alongside a Presidential candidate [Walter Mondale]. 

The Westinghouse Social Science Research Competition brought me to Ferraro's Maspeth District Office. 
Meeting her was electric. 
I thought about law school as a conduit to public service; because she had.

The campaign photo I consumed as a Queen's kid.
President Obama had this to say about Ferraro's life :  “[She] will forever be remembered as a trailblazer who broke down barriers for women and Americans of all backgrounds and walks of life.” 
“. . . Sasha and Malia will grow up in a more equal America because of the life Geraldine Ferraro chose to live.”

Ronald Reagan was the victor; but women won the election.
It's true.
  "More equal." 
So, thank you Gerry. 
Thank You.
  How blessed I have been by your life's service; your example; leadership; courage.

So very blessed.  

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