This last Friday while driving, instead of listening to High School Musical Non-stop I decided to listen to the radio. I heard the sad news about Tim Russert.
Lucky for me the darlings wanted a special treat at the Outlet Mall. A trip to Borders for some new books. (I know, libraries are free, and we use them but I do so love books that to have one for your very own... Also, overdue fees aren't a problem if you own it. They could name a new wing for Lola for all the fines she's paid...) Lola got a deal on "Big Russ & Me" for $5.99. I read so much of it already and can highly recommend it. In fact, I will be purchasing another for my darling father. Mr. Russert deserves a quick entrance into Heaven just for celebrating Father's as he did in this book and in the follow up book "Wisdom of our Fathers". In our culture today, fathers are disrespected and dismissed too often. In fact the tv culture is shameless in depicting fathers as "buffoon". Another of Lola's tv favorites is Bob Newhardt, surprise another catholic, who absolutely refused to be a tv dad on any of his tv series. Just because he knew that is the direction the show would have gone. Also, Chris Rock mentioned in a routine that "you don't need a man to have a baby" is, well I can't repeat what he said but let's just say that he didn't agree with that statement. Sorry about the Newhardt and Rock aside but it is significant.
For the past 15 or so years ever Sunday my darling father has watched Mr. Russert at Meet the Press. I rarely get to watch anything of interest to myself. As my mother said, it was almost as if we knew him. He shared just enough of himself as icing on his professionalism. Because every time I did get the chance to see him interview someone, I never detected bias. Hard but fair.
The election night of November 2000. One of my darlings was still quite little and still apt to wake up in the middle of the night for a nursing snack. I was getting used to watching tv in the middle of the night. And although I fell asleep thinking Al Gore was President, I was shocked to find that just wasn't so. Even though, Lola will admit I voted for W even tho I liked Gore better at the time. Why? Because of the whole Catholic thingy* of not voting for someone who blatantly supports "a woman's right to choose". (I really didn't care personally either way, I am so much more interested in local and congressional politics, they are the people that really get stuff accomplished or possibly really screw things up like road construction.) It was Tim Russert with Tom Brokaw on NBC covering the election all night long. I have to say I never prayed so hard for our country up until this point. Not for a particular candidate to win, but for all of us, the election process etc. But there Mr. Russert sat with good natured confidence that it was "Florida" that was going to determine the Presidency. No fancy schamcy graphics, he had himself a hand held white board and was keeping track for us.
This Wednesday, his family will be having his funeral. I pray that they are comforted and am hoping that their faith is with them in their grief.
Sunday, after putting up with two hours of the darling's bedtime nonsense, instead of calling my own sweet dad, I sat and watched MSNBC cover Meet the Press and a special interview with Tom Brokaw interviewing Tim Russert. I watched it until nearly 1am. And then I called my own dear daddy and wished him a Happy Father's day. God Bless him and keep him. Thank you daddy for all you've given me, especially your patience and good advice.
*Voting as a catholic: Edith Stein as Sister Benedicta opposed the voting with all her power; she urged the nuns, "I beg you, think of your conscience, not of the consequences for the monastery and for our persons. It is better to die than to vote 'yes'. Hitler is the greatest enemy of God, and he will bring us all to ruin". Fromhttp://www.ewtn.com/library/MARY/VENEDITH.HTM
Also, you can go to Catholic Answers website to see about getting a voter's guide. http://www.caaction.com/index.php?option=com_virtuemart&page=shop.browse&category_id=6&Itemid=97