Friday, January 23, 2009
Secret Service Escort.....
I knit a tiny bit, here and there, during the Inaugural coverage the other day. I am one for traditions and such. I love when the Pope smoke rises from the stack, I watched all of Ronald Reagan's SuperFuneral coverage, and I wouldn't miss a moment of Princess Diana's wedding.
So while I was watching this week, I thought I would tell you about the time I had a Secret Service escort.
I was "out to here" pregnant with Allison and my neighbor invited me to hear Ronald Reagan speak to employees at the nearby Sara Lee Factory. I've never seen a President up close, so I thought it would be historic in my small little life. Well, we waited and waited and waited and waited and waited some more, and he was late.
Now I had to get to work by 3 and I started to realize I was going to be late myself. I don't do late to work: ever. I started to get crabby because of the wait. Started thinking, you know we all have jobs Mr President and if I can be on time, you can too. I'm funny like that. I have this sense that no one is really more important than anyone else. Silly me. I was pregnant though, and tired of standing, and getting hungry and 20 years younger.
So they announce he's on the way FINALLY, and I decide I have to leave. Well, the Secret Servcie did not want any movement in the hallways/building/ etc during this time. I Blah blah blahed to one of them about how I had to get to work, and my job needed me there and I may not be the President but I was a nurse (are you laughing at my inflated sense of self importance?)
SO, this really big man escorted me out to my car. As we got outside, the motorcade was pulling up. I didnt see Reagan. Not so much as a finger from a wave or anything. The Secrete Service man told me to stay right next to him. No remember I was "out to here" pregnant so in one way I'm sure I looked harmless. It was kind of creepy in a way to know that all these people I saw outside were Secret Service and probably armed.
I got to work on time. I can say I had a Secret Service Escort in my lifetime. I;ve never seen or met a President, though... have you?
I'll talk to you in the comments. :)