Looking back on my old blogs I came across this one, written just after the nurses voted to form a union at my hospital.
I am, without a doubt, the product of my ancestors. Their DNA and their spirit lives in me.
My grandparents, my parents, my aunts and uncles, and my cousins, have served and continue to serve, family, community and country.
On this St Patricks Day, the first without mom or dad, I am comforted by the love of my cousins.
Their blue eyes and red hair, and their Irish spirit, remind me that our ancestors live on within us.
I am also comforted by the friendships I have found, all over this country, people who believe as I believe, that all the human race is related, that God put us here to support each other and to be guided by love, not greed.
I wish you that love this St Patricks Day.
I think all our Grandparents would be proud.
Sunday, May 29, 2011
I think Grandpa would be proud
What we have done in forming a union is something I believe my grandparents, my father, and my uncles would be proud of. I know my mother and my aunts are. We have stood together, tall and proud, we have stood against adversity, fighting for what lives in the deepest place in our hearts. We have stood up although we feared it might cost us our jobs as we struggled against one of the best union busting firms in the country, Jackson Lewis. We had no choice, we had to, we were compelled to, because of something deep inside us.
This is my story, but I am sure each of us has a similar story, about those who influenced us.
Now it is time to get to work again, to work together, but I could not look forward without taking a moment to look back and recognize where we came from and acknowledge those who made us who we are.
I think they would be proud.