September 1, 2008

I was blessed with two successful and safe campaign road trips over the Labor Day weekend. A friend from church, Becky, joined me on Friday/Saturday for a trip north to work at the Ferry County Fair. I always appreciate a chauffeur, and it’s the best (only?) way to spend time with friends during a busy campaign season. We had a great time sign planting, doorbelling and otherwise making use of the two days. Becky was interested in a dog she had seen on Craig’s List in the town of Orient, and she was able to make contact with the owner on our way to Republic.

The second trip was especially joyful, as my daughter and grandson joined me for a Sunday/Monday holiday. We left after worship service Sunday morning for a trip that included Sunday dinner with family, overnight at the Blue Moose Cabins, the annual Labor Day Parade and Lions Club barbecue in Northport, and a stop to offer congratulations at the Konzs’ 50th wedding anniversary celebration at the K Diamond K Ranch south of Republic. Although it was another great trip from a campaign standpoint, the best part was the privilege of sharing a “first” with grandson Gabriel. He had his first ferry ride on the Martha S. at the Keller Ferry. Gabe gives me the opportunity to see the commonplace through new eyes, enjoying the simple fun of a playing with a balloon at a party and the sheer pleasure of being out on the water near sunset.

May we all remember to get our priorities straight - God, family and friends come first. Prioritizing is critical to keeping politics in perspective, and to competing in politics with a clear conscience.