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Sometimes you brush up against it

History, I mean.

When I was seven or eight, my mother's best friend was married to an aide of then-Senator, and then-young, Joe Biden. We made a trip to Washington, and I was given a tour of the Capital by the kind aide. I got to see the special gym that the Senate uses, I got to ride on the underground trolly cars, and I got to meet Senator Biden. I remember that he had a big desk-- the edge of it was probably at eye level for me then.

The older men were kind to me, I am sure. I don't remember anything they said. I do have one memory though-- so clear and vivid. Biden and his aide took me to the Senate lunch room, and bought me a giant cup of hot chocolate, and it had whipped cream and sprinkles on top! I would not have been permitted such a thing at home, but my mom could not say no, because we were out, and I ate the whole thing!

I wonder how many ordinary children have memories like that, of historical people. (Pellew, of course we know, but Marlowe? Maybe.)

Plot Bunny there-- I think.

And also thoughts about how kindness never really goes away, it just floats in circles, like dust in the sunshine.

I will be voting Obama/Biden for what I know are sounder reasons-- but I will be thinking of the mounds of whipped cream!


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Oct. 12th, 2012 08:07 pm (UTC)
I remember riding those trolley cars! I was older (just out of high school) and I stayed with my aunt and uncle for a week. My uncle worked in the Library of Congress, and they showed me around! Did you get to rub the foot of Will Rogers' statue at the door of the Senate building? It's supposed to be Good Luck, and the copper foot is bright and shiny, while the rest of the statue is grey/green, as unpolished copper gets.
Oct. 12th, 2012 08:14 pm (UTC)
Not a historical character but if you remember the singing duo Peter and Gordon from the 60s (Peter Asher, brother of Jane Asher ex girl friend of Paul McCartney and queen of cake decorating)

Gordon's father was a family doctor and a surgeon; he worked with our family doctor and did general surgery in the local hospital; when he took my tonsils out P&G had just had their big hit 'World without Love' and they came to sing it to us kids in the hospital.
Oh and I grew up not far from Reg Dwight aka Elton John.
Oct. 13th, 2012 08:54 am (UTC)
I can string a sentence together now to comment :} What a lovely story! I don't think I have ever met anyone famous now I come to think of it. I love the idea that happiness never dissipates, I hope that's true.
Oct. 13th, 2012 02:00 pm (UTC)
Of course Biden was not at all famous then, he was a baby Senator, and would have been of interest only to historians.
Oct. 14th, 2012 10:50 pm (UTC)
He certainly is of interest to many folks these days.
Oct. 16th, 2012 11:31 pm (UTC)
That is a lovely memory. My father spent almost 40 years working in the Capitol for the Congress as a committee chief of staff. He brought my brothers and I to work several times and we rode the underground trolley each visit. Once we got to go onto the House floor at the invitation of Tip O'Neil, sit in the Speaker's chair, and bang the gavel (House was not in session, obviously). It was so fun to see the barber shop, kitchens, cafeteria, post office, etc. that only the Congress and staffers could use. Good memories. Then I grew up and understood politics, which ruined it for me, lol.
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