Senator Edward Kennedy – The passing of an Extraordinary Leader

Senator Edward Kennedy

 Last week our family lost a personal friend and mentor.  I  waited  by the phone  to  be told when I could come and say my goodbyes  as she  succumbed to her  battle with cancer.  It wasn’t easy to see her body so small and frail in her final hours, she had been a tower of strength an educator and mother to so many.   I returned from her wake to be greeted by the news that the nation had lost one of their favorite Senators.   Senator Edward Kennedy passed on August 25th 2009.

The youngest child of the Kennedy dynasty had also  lost his personal battle to cancer,  but he had died peacefully at his home at Hyannis Port  at the age of 77 and  not like his older brothers President John F. Kenney and Bobby Kennedy whose lives were taken much too early and so violently.  

Beyond his political career as a Senator who acted on his word and got things done.   He became the patriarch of the Kennedy clan.  He was a father, grandfather, husband, uncle, lawyer,legislator, civil rights leader and health reform activist, author and earlier this year he was honored a Knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II.

Senator Kennedy was the central figure  of the Kennedy family, he walked his niece Carolyn down the aisle in the absence of her slain father – he had become everyone’s right arm.  Jackie Kennedy wrote a note to him which best depicted  his role in the family. The letter read, “There have been 17 children besides your own – Bobby’s, Pat’s, Jack’s and mine, for whom you have always been there. Every graduation, every big decision, every trouble, every sad and even every happy day. On you, the carefree youngest brother, fell a burden a hero would beg to be spared. Sick parents, lost children, desolate wives. You are a hero. Everyone is going to make it, because you are always there with your love. Jackie.”

What made Senator Edward Kennedy Tick?

The right slant of his writing shows that he was a responsive man totally ruled by his heart. 

The height of his letters expresses his high level of ethics and morals. The long letter y shows is energy and determination.    The straight long stroke determines that although he was friendly really enjoyed hours alone enjoying his own company.

Senator Kennedy had an analytical mind he  needed to know  “why”   to each question and every statement  and never accepted anything at face value.  The long loops show us his ability to conceptualize ideas and to follow through and make them happen.

The spacing between his letters tells us he was an intuitive man who often made a decision based on a gut feeling.  The base line of his signature tells us he was a flexible person who could run with the wolfs and change course at any time.

 Senator Edward Kennedy lived a full life through his many personal tragedies:  the assassination of two brothers, the unfortunate Chappaquiddick Incident that mushroomed into a pubic scandal, that probably lost him the chance of ever becoming president, his young son diagnosed with cancer at the tender age of 12, his nephew John John , wife and sister-in-law died in a plane crash and most recently the loss of his sister Eunice Shirver.   He has championed  numerous causes for so many others, through civil rights and health reform and triumphed.

Last year May he suffered what was at first the doctors considered, a stroke which turned out to be a brain tumor.    He underwent surgery and chemotherapy and was well enough to endorse a young Senator Barack Obama at the Democratic convention in Denver.   A year ago to the day of his death – Senator Kennedy took the stage and announced “I have come here tonight to stand with you, to change America, to restore its future, to rise to our best ideals and to elect Barack Obama president of the United States of America.”

It was only fitting that President Obama delivered the Eulogy at the funeral. Where he said “this was a passing of an extraordinary Leader”.    Senator Kennedy was laid to rest at Arlington cemetery alongside his brother President John F. Kennedy and Senator Bobby Kennedy.

Of the last nine children of Jack and Rose Kennedy only one child remains Jean Kennedy Smith.

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