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Nancy Pelosi Is a Mother Too

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Alexander and I went to church yesterday, as we do most every Sunday. We are Catholic but our spiritual community is a Methodist church called Glide, located in the poorest section of San Francisco. That part’s a longer story.

To say that Glide is different than other churches is certainly an understatement. This statement describes the community.  “We have been called radical, even rebellious – and we just thought we were doing what a church is supposed to do…”.

Yesterday, – our Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, came to Palm Sunday services.  It was exhilarating and even more emotional than our services usually are. San Francisco is Speaker Pelosi’s hometown and we know her well here.

I met her once, non-politically, under the same circumstances that I met Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright. As grandmothers-to-be, pacing the halls of the hospital and anxiously waiting outside a door, to meet a new grandbaby.

Although it is nearly impossible not to say something such as, “It is great to meet you. Or—I really admire you (or not)”, I have a wonderful appreciation for the regular, normal woman behind the politician. The genuine and concerned mother and grandmother who is really no different than anyone else  – happy and eager to support her child and greet her new grandchild.

On Sunday, as she took a few minutes to speak at the service, I was reminded that she is a woman, a wife, a mother, an aunt, a grandmother and a friend to many. And she did not enter politics until her youngest child was grown.

Being a mother is my most important and meaningful role and I have immense respect for the wide range of mothering we do. To choose to raise our babies without working outside our homes is as powerful as being the first women Speaker of the House, along with, being a mother.

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