So not only did you teach me about writing memoir, you also taught me about reading and thinking about how others write memoir. Thank you so much!

p.s. my mom now refers to me as the family "chronicler" - getting down all the family stories. How I love that title!! :)

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Thoughts on George H.W. Bush

It is always sad when someone who is a good person and has done good work leaves this earth.

George H.W. Bush was a good man and although he was not a member of the party I usually support, I liked his humble ways, his caring personality and his love of family. I voted for him for president.

I like that the he was not a man to boast of his success as some are in office today. He gave his entire life to serving the United States of America and, although he was a part of the big oil corporations, he seemed to be a genuine person. I liked his wife, Barbara, and I think their love story is what young people today should look to for inspiration. They experienced a sad loss early on when their three-year-old daughter died from leukemia. Instead of this tearing them apart, it strengthened their marriage. That seldom happens in today's world.

We recently watched the funeral of John McCain and found that many Americans admired and mourned for him. I have more admiration for George H.W. Bush than for John McCain. President Bush's comments heard today on the TV shows proves to me he was the man I thought he was when I voted for him. He was not a braggart or a show-off. He did what he thought was necessary for the good of this nation and not for himself. I heard it said today that we would never see his like again and I am afraid that might be so. Politics has changed so much in the recent years that I am not sure I can trust anyone who runs for office. I wish that was not true.

I recently listened to Michelle Obama's autobiography on Audible. She is one of the humble and honest people in the public eye today. I feel sure she and President Bush, the forty-first president, would have gotten along fine because she gave up a high paying job as an attorney with a big firm to work for non-profits to try to help others. (one of the thousand points of light) I hope that all the good we hear about the late president Bush will resonate in the minds and hearts of Americans and when they go to the polls to vote in future elections, they will think more carefully about the kind of person we want to run this country, to be a role model for others and to represent us in the world today.

I am sorry for the family of this man who was so dear to his children and the grandchildren who will remember him with admiration, but, like Jenna Bush said, he will now be with his beloved Barbara and their baby, Robin.