I qualified to run for Arnaudville Chief of Police. When I was asked why I would want the job when I could just enjoy my retirement, I never hesitated to say "because I love this town, and all that it brings to me -- old friends, family, memories, and the values I learned in the formative years. I need to give something back.
A favorite "hobby" of mine is to write. I have written two novels, and many short stories, but I have never journaled, and so I attempt it now.
After qualifying as a candidate, I was anxious to get started with the introductions, and with re-connecting with old family friends. Waiting for the typical campaign materials, I decided to use calling cards temporarily to give out my name and website. I made an honest mistake by passing them out at the Town meeting. I figured there would be the opportunity to take advantage of a gathering of town folks. Oops. Found out later that I am not supposed to hand out campaign stuff at a Council Meeting. Won't happen again.
I heard someone make a derogatory comment about my age, but as Ronald Reagan once said, "I refuse to make my opponent's youth and inexperience an issue in this campaign." I'm comfortable with who I am, having learned the lessons that only experience can bring, and wisdom in judgement that only comes from maturity.
I walked around the neighborhood today introducing myself, as candidates are prone to do. But, an unanticipated blessing occurred: sitting down on porches and in living rooms just enjoying the conversations, re-connecting with friends of my parents, and feeling so welcome. The thought hit me -- why don't we do that any more? Just walking to a neighbor's house and chatting with a glass of tea or a beer. Win or lose, this is an activity that will continue beyond the campaign.