Wednesday, March 21, 2007
These are my winter boots. I am sick of wearing them. Today was the first day of Spring. It was only around 30 degrees and there is still snow on the ground. I wore my winter boots again. Have I told you that I'm sick of wearing my winter boots?
Anyway, I know the the warmer weather will be here in time. I just need faith that it will happen and some patience. Patience is not my strong suit. It's one of my "issues." I know that about myself. I also know that I can be a bit judgmental. Something else that I'm working on. In the past, I've judged people wrongly or too harshly, too quickly, and regretted it. I try my best to learn from past mistakes. I hope that I can rise to the occasion in this post.
I've done many posts expressing my support for Governor Deval Patrick. If you're curious about these old posts, just click on the Deval Patrick label. It's no secret that our Governor has gotten off to a very bumpy start. I'm not going to go into the specifics, but here is another article talking about what has been going on.
I've spoken with friends and family about him and have felt surprised, let down, upset, angry, sad, and even a bit ashamed. Since I've blogged so much about my support for him before, it did seem strange to suddenly stop writing when things took a bad turn and were in the news all the time. I kept hoping the problems would go away and I could just pretend, at least on my blog, like nothing was wrong, because these were just minor lapses that would soon be corrected.
But things kept happening. And then recently, some of you called me on it and asked my opinion. You were right to do so. I was putting off the inevitable. I had taken a stand before and now have to defend it. I guess I'm not the only one dealing with this dilemma, because there was an article about this very issue. The Karl Rove reference was a bit scary, but I've decided to address it pretty simply. I disagree with the way he has handled these recent issues. I don't understand what he was thinking with the drapes, and the car, and the helicopter, and the aide for his wife, and most importantly the call to the bank. I think he was wrong. I was not happy.
But when it comes down to it, who am I to judge him? I've made mistakes in my life and I'm sure I'll continue to do so. We all make mistakes. We're only human. I guess one of the reasons that those of us who supported him are feeling a bit uncomfortable is that we were feeling so proud and happy to be aligned with him. Our expectations for him were and are enormous. But pride has its downside. And one man, one administration can only do so much. We were feeling so proud, then we were not. I guess you have to take the bad with the good.
Governor Patrick's wife is not well right now. I hope that she recovers and I'm glad that she has his support. I'm still hopeful that our Governor can do some great things in the future with the new health care legislation and that health insurance will be more affordable. Also, I'm hopeful that he will find a great judge to appoint to the Supreme Judicial Court.
Spring is a time of renewal. Hopefully this administration, and all of us in the Commonwealth, can put winter behind us and look forward to the new season.
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