Today on the campaign trail, I went up to a house, and the elderly woman inside saw me coming, and exclaimed, "Eddy LeCompte! Come on in here!" As it turned out, she and her husband had worked for Oscar Rivette at the same time my parents did. She actually remembered me as a small boy. She invited me to stay for a cup of coffee, along with her neighbor. I told her that I remembered when our family would come to Arnaudville after we moved to New Orleans, there were so many aunts and uncles to visit, and at each and every house, there was a cup of coffee waiting. I told her she was the first one to ask me to stay for a cup of coffee! Of course, now I know where she lives, so I'll be back!
I have heard that some younger folks make an issue about age in this race, but that is simply hogwash. I am privileged and blessed to have come from an upbringing when we were taught to respect our elders, help the less fortunate, and always remember our manners. When those values and principles are instilled, then almost everything one does - from personal to professional endeavors - is shaped by those values. People may not agree with your position, but they can never accuse you of not standing by your principles. And at the end of the day, isn't that what we will be judged by?