It sat unnoticed and motionless in a Jasmine I planted some years ago. I might never have noticed, had I not used a garden hose to spray dust off its vines - it flinched. It made the slightest move when the water struck, but remained still, as it had for weeks even as I passed within inches to feed my two dogs underneath it each day. I can stand now a foot from its face as it stares back at me resolute, unwilling to budge.
For weeks, I have been in awe of its devotion and patient, sheltering courage. I was like seeing Doves for the very first time. They may not have claws and fangs but Doves are damn tough. And now, as I look out my office window and see its two young peering from the vines ready to test a first flight, I think how lucky they are that someone cared so – cared that they get this chance to fly.
I will think of them today, as I take the dogs on an early morning walk through the park and go to the grocer. I will think of them every time I see someone wearing a mask to protect me. I will think of them when the shielded clerk cleans the counter after every patron. And I will think of them when I read the latest reports from your staff at VoteSmart.org. Each and every one patient and devoted to sheltering, not themselves, but you and every fellow American.
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