Yesterday was a day that will forever live in my memory. I was privileged to follow and shadow an United States Senator in all that he did. It was my privilege to attend his meetings, listen to his conversations, and personally visit with him throughout the day. At one point I even got to go on the United States Senate Floor. That is a rare honor as it is only reserved for Senators and other selected individuals. He had to ask permission for me to be on the floor. If he had not inserted his talk into the record, my name would even be a part of the Congressional Record. What an honor it was to follow and visit with him.
It was my honor to see him visit with a couple of other Senators. They visited about budgets, amendments to budgets, and plans in relation to upcoming votes. He even visited with Senator Vitter about the costs of rebuilding Louisiana. That was interesting.
Going to the floor was something I will never forget. It was electric. It was fun to be on the floor rather than up in the gallery looking down. There were three of us there, all with our special little passes, and watched the Senator give his little 7 1/2 minute talk.
After coming back to the floor, and since we had missed some of the commerce committee meeting, he visited with me in his office for almost an hour. I asked him a series of questions. Everything from ANWR to Garrett, his son. We discussed Garrett for a little while and the effect it has had upon his life. He told me about the every day life of being LDS and serving as an Oregon representative. He told me about his contacts with the church and how that relationship is structured. He told me about some of their latest interactions. I asked him about spiritual interactions with Garrett which was interesting, especially about some of the interactions with other members of the family.
The rest of the day was in meetings with a variety of groups on a variety of topics. It made me tired just thinking about it. We went from bio-diesel to environmental issues, car production to timber, and French movies to the election of governor in Virginia. It was an exhausting sphere and round of conversations. It was all very enlightening and impressive that he knew about each of these subjects. I loved it.
Looking back I really appreciate the time he gave me. It was very interesting to spend time with the man all this revolves around. What is more, the father of a dear friend of mine. It helped change some of the frustration I had struggled with in not knowing who I represented. While I still think he is pretty aloof and not totally in touch with reality, it was great to get to know him one and one. It was an honor to be given the time for such an opportunity. I loved it. It was very instructive to him and his personality, especially in relation to the church and politics. It was a distinct privilege I shall never soon forget.