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Well the strike is finally over. I was utterly amazed that literally everyone in Charleston seemed to claimed victory. It was equally amazing how many tried to take credit for bringing the strike to an end.
I also followed some of the final hours of the legislature. As usual, some bills stumbled in those waning hours and will have to wait till next year. There were more accusations of improper conduct when it came to following the rules than I have ever witnessed. In the years I have followed the legislature, I have never heard the type of comments that have circled the Rotunda this session dealing with how people went about getting their way. Maybe its always been that way, I don’t know. But it certainly has never been in the forefront as it was this session.
It’s also over on a personal note. We have lost the most senior member of our extended family. Jeanine’s mother Patricia “Pat” Hines, passed away Saturday after a long illness.
She certainly lived a full life, but experienced quite a few setbacks in the last few years of her life with health issues. As always she faced them head on which was certainly Pat’s way of doing things.
I will miss the spirited discussions Pat and I had. You could always depend on her to tell you straight up… how she felt about nearly any issue. Fortunately, she and I had very few real arguments, mostly just discussions and most often on the lighter side.
She particularly loved her grandchildren and having them around. Even when she wasn’t feeling well, she never fussed at them or failed to have time to talk to them and give them a little love. She loved to work puzzles, play games and make things for her grandchildren. She never forgot a birthday and always looked forward to watching them at Christmas.
Pat seldom met a stranger. Everyone was always welcome at her table and there was always plenty to eat. She took pride in her southern heritage and insisted on the young ones remembering their manners.
All of my children and their children will have great memories of their grand and great grandmother to get them through this troubled time.
Pat was a very unique individual that we will all miss greatly. But, we can take some comfort in the fact that she is now pain free and in a better place.