We don’t know yet who will win in November, but there’s a chance that Ann Romney may be our next First Lady. The speech she gave last night at the Republican convention seems to have been well received. The full text of her speech is here, but here are some snippets I found interesting:
I am the granddaughter of a Welsh coal miner who was determined that his kids get out of the mines. My dad got his first job when he was six years old, in a little village in Wales called Nantyffyllon, cleaning bottles at the Colliers Arms.
When he was 15, dad came to America. In our country, he saw hope and an opportunity to escape from poverty. He moved to a small town in the great state of Michigan. There, he started a business — one he built himself, by the way.
He raised a family. And he became mayor of our town.
My dad would often remind my brothers and me how fortunate we were to grow up in a place like America. He wanted us to have every opportunity that came with life in this country — and so he pushed us to be our best and give our all.
I didn’t know that she is the daughter of an immigrant. Sounds like her dad was one of the “old fashioned” immigrants who actually wanted to be American and wanted to work to achieve the American dream lol
Ann Romney goes on to describe her first years of marriage:
We were very young. Both still in college. There were many reasons to delay marriage, and you know? We just didn’t care. We got married and moved into a basement apartment. We walked to class together, shared the housekeeping, and ate a lot of pasta and tuna fish. Our desk was a door propped up on sawhorses. Our dining room table was a fold down ironing board in the kitchen. Those were very special days.
Then our first son came along. All at once I’m 22 years old, with a baby and a husband who’s going to business school and law school at the same time, and I can tell you, probably like every other girl who finds herself in a new life far from family and friends, with a new baby and a new husband, that it dawned on me that I had absolutely no idea what I was getting into.
That was 42 years ago. Now we have five sons and 18 grandchildren and I’m still in love with that boy I met at a high school dance.
I read somewhere that Mitt and I have a “storybook marriage.” Well, in the storybooks I read, there were never long, long, rainy winter afternoons in a house with five boys screaming at once. And those storybooks never seemed to have chapters called MS or Breast Cancer.
A storybook marriage? No, not at all. What Mitt Romney and I have is a real marriage.
Her story definitely seems heartwarming, and typical of many women’s lives. What do you think? Is she being honest and genuine? Or is this all a very politically attuned narrative? Or both? She might be the next First Lady – what are your thoughts on how she might represent us to the world? What kinds of values do you think she will advocate for if she has the private ear of a president?
If you’d like to watch her speech, it’s here:
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