Seeing Warren

Spring 2019, Keene, NH, (Kelly Salasin)

Maybe it’s because my mother was an alcoholic, or because I’m emotionally introverted, or because I’ve always been prone to contemplation even as a child.

I like to see people up close. Listen to them in person. Hear them talk off camera. Watch their expressions. Notice what they notice.

It’s how I always knew, long before he was a candidate, that Trump was a fraud, way back in his Atlantic City days.

Back in college, some guys who at first flirted with me, later avoided me, saying I looked right through them; while people of all ages, throughout my life, and even strangers, confided their secret pains to me.

Once when seated around a picnic table with other parents, I made the off-handed remark that I could tell right away if a man was a cheater, and I was surprised how many men squirmed and turned away.

As a teacher, I’d once created a “manual” for a colleague who I would no longer be assisting. He read what I’d written about him and said, “I feel sorry for your husband.”

She was softer than I imagined. Her way. Her face. Gentle. She was tuned in to others, not vigilantly, but by habit, of being female, a special ed teacher, a college professor, a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a little sister with three big brothers (all military) and simply a human being who felt for humanity.

She was still living at home with her parents when her father had a heart attack and when her mother put on her best dress and went down to Sears for a job so that they wouldn’t lose their house, back when a single minimum wage job could pay the bills.

She always knew she wanted to be a teacher, but she couldn’t afford to go to college. Not at first. By the time she earned her law degree, she had two kids.

She’s a storyteller. She’s an advocate. She’s a leader.
She has called for Trump’s impeachment as a matter of principle.
She wants 3 things as our nation’s first woman President:

1. Attack corruption head-on.
2. Take on economic inequality.
3. Protect our democracy.

Budgets are about numbers, she said, and values. “We care for each other, that’s who we are.”

“Dream big,” she said. “Fight hard.”

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