Walking away from Sen. Gillibrand’s office, the four of us felt that our day had gone well; now we were eager to find out how it had gone for the rest of our “Congregation.”
It was three o’clock, if we hurried, we could still make the rendezvous in room 201 deep inside The Capitol’s, new, four-storey underground visitors’ center.
“And here comes New York,” John Madigan, microphone in hand, greeted us as we walked into the room waving our folders in the air.
“How did it go?” he asked.
“Where is the food?” I wanted to know.
Soon we were on our way, all of us having trains or planes to catch, but from the debrief, it seemed that between us all, we had been able to positively influence our Lawmakers.
Of course, as they say in England, the proof of the pudding is in the eating, and actions, more than words will tell us how well we did.
But for now we had given it our best shot, we had put our hearts and souls into every step we walked, every word we spoke, every hand we shook and every smile we smiled.
With my Andrew, my Fallen Knight helping me aim and shoot every peaceful arrow in my quiver, I had done all in my power, for now, to put suicide on notice: Your Days Are Numbered!
Dashing back to the hotel to get our luggage, Elizabeth and I only made our train because it was running late. On the ride back to New York, mentally and physically exhausted, I turned toward the dark train window aching, longing for Andrew. Speeding through Philadelphia I looked for the Drexel sign that had greeted me on the way to Washington on Sunday. In the darkness now, I couldn’t see it. Sadness washed over me and I cried.
That’s when Vintage Elizabeth came to the fore and in her inimitable way, managed to make me laugh like no one else can. And soon we were home, showered and in bed!
PS I have already heard back from Congresswoman Nita Lowey’s office:
I wanted to follow up on the meeting you had with Emily Riff and Congresswoman Lowey. As Emily may have explained, because the congresswoman is on the committee, she does not sign dear colleague letters addressed to it. However, I wanted to make sure that you knew that she would be supporting the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act programs in her request letter to the committee.
Rep. Nita Lowey
And from Deidra Bennett:
It was such a pleasure meeting you last week. Most of us are not blessed to say that we’ve had a mother like you in our lives, even for 5 minutes. Your son is so lucky to have had you as a mother. Always remember that. You have such a warm spirit and I’m just thankful I was able to meet you.
Thank you for the information you sent me as well. We must keep in touch.
Thank you for sending the photo!
Deidra Marie Bennett
Health Legislative Assistant
Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand (NY)
478 Russell Senate Office Building
And finally, Drexel is the Philadelphia College that Andrew attended before transferring to NYU in January 2009.