Learning to dance in the rain
By Tom Degan
When Patrick Kennedy walks out of the U.S. Capital for the last time as a legislator, it will be the end of an era that began in 1947 when my father was a senior in high school. Dad would have turned eighty this October 27.
Tonight I'll be drinking a toast. I am Irish. That's our job. We drink toasts. So sue me! My toast tonight will be for all the members of that remarkable clan - living and dead. From old Ambassador Joe all the way down to the his youngest descendant.
A toast: That they all have found peace - in this world and the the one beyond. That the survivors are able to look back on their family's vital contribution to the last century and be proud of a unique and valuable legacy.
Someone once said: "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass... It's about learning to dance in the rain."
Here's to the the Kennedy family! May they always be found dancing in the rain!