When I heard the news that Ted Kennedy passed away, it really bothered me. I did not know why as I rarely followed him or his work. I stood back and watched the documentary on his life and was moved by his dedication and all that this man did for our country. I never really heard, nor have others, who I talked to, who were also taken by Ted Kennedy’s contributions.
As I pondered why I was bothered, I know now why. I feel Ted Kennedy was a symbol of one of the last of our public elders left. He’s been a face of a generation that is slowly leaving, which opens up a spot for the next generation to step in to. What shoes to fill and follow.
Months ago, a friend called me quite disturbed by an e-mail he received from a former co-worker who bashed Ted Kennedy. Apparently, she only wanted to bring up some of his very public, not so positive life incidents. My friend wrote back and brought up some of the issues Ted worked on but she didn’t care to hear any of it. Years ago, I remember the drowning of the young woman, Mary Jo, cannot recall her last name and then the incident with his nephew, which I believe shifted Ted Kennedy’s life in a new direction.
His life hasn’t been an easy one. I cannot imagine losing 4 siblings, experiencing the severe illness of two of his children, and whatever else this man had to endure and still stay sane. Granted, he struggled with issues he somehow worked through in his latter years. I was touched by the fact he was there for all of his nieces and nephews throughout the years. He was present for every occasion and every difficult life situation? I’m truly amazed. I told a few friends I wished I had an Uncle like this.
I’m sure when he began his exit from this earth, he had a huge welcome gathering with his beloved family who helped support his life journey. Ted’s life review was more than magnificent even though he struggled with the not so honorable events. Our life review is something that helps us become better the next time around.
Oh yes, Ted Kennedy’s Irish eyes are definitely smiling!
A Part of Irish decent