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July 03, 2006

What Being a Parent Means to Darcy

How do I give this little creature the best possible world?  That's the question Darcy asked herself after her son, Henry, was born 3 years ago.  In an interview with Tracy Russo that was posted on the DNC blog a few days, among other questions, Tracy asked Darcy what made her decide to run.  I was quite taken with Darcy's reply:

Well after my son was born, I did what a lot of new parents do; I took a step back and said how do I give this helpless little creature the best possible world? I asked the normal questions everyone asks, ‘What do I feed him?’, ‘What school should he go to’? ‘Does he need a nap?’. I was responsible for giving him a better life and the more I looked at it there was no way to give him the kind of life I wanted him to have by just my individual decisions.

Our country was headed so much in the wrong direction that I decided we had to change the direction of the country. So then the question becomes, ‘How do we change the direction of the country?’ and I came to the conclusion that I had to give 100 percent of myself to make it happen. I knew we had to take back the House and that we needed 15 seats to do it and I believe it is going to take Washington State to make that happen. This is a critical junction and something I can do to make a difference.

As I write this, I am watching my 2 and a half year old niece, Nadia, jump up and down in her chair between bites of waffle.  "Look at me, Lynnie, look at me," she says.  That Darcy is thinking about my niece's future as well as the future of her son makes me puddle up.

Everyone in my family has upped their level of involvement in politics in the time since my niece was born.  We may well have done it anyway, given the truly awful governing we've been subjected to in this time.  But I know that thinking about Nadia's future has contributed to our sense of need to take our country back. 

But Darcy kicked up her level of involvement a way big notch over what most of the rest of us have done.  This is in keeping with who Darcy is and what she has already done in her life.    This is a woman who thinks ahead, who thinks big about what she can do.

One of the stories that Darcy occasionally tells about her own childhood illustrates this.  She says that she really wanted a computer when she was 12 years old.  After many pleas to her parents, Darcy got a computer for Christmas.  But her parents did not have much money and there was no software with the computer.  So Darcy, at age 12, wrote the code that would enable her to use her computer for writing.  No wonder she later got a National Merit Scholarship to attend Harvard.  And so on.  She is an extraordinary woman and we will be thrilled when she is one of our representatives to Congress. 

Posted by Lynn Allen on July 3, 2006 at 11:23 AM in Candidate Races | Permalink

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