Fast-forward to Sunday and a fundraising BBQ in Pepperell. Deval was there to meet and greet and answer some questions from the attendees. I was waiting for my chance to say hello when Deval spotted me. He looked right at me and said, “Don’t go anywhere,” before returning to his conversation. When he finished, he turned to me.
I held out my hand for a handshake, but he drew me into a hug. He asked about my hospital stay, confirmed that is was routine, and inquired about my current state of health. He then shook hands with my husband, calling him by name. As he turned to leave, he said that they’d try to get me work on a similar project.
A cynical mind would say that Deval’s campaign people had briefed him on the details of the important attendees at the BBQ. Am I that important – next to local and state elected officials, including Jacquie Doherty and Mike Festa? Or is Deval’s memory (of a conversation he must have heard second-hand) that impressive? In either case, the hug was real, and the compassion and concern were real.
I have supported Deval Patrick for Governor based on his courage, commitment and intelligence, along with his politics and a well-run campaign. I now add compassion to the list.
Carrie Little, Lowell