Everyone keeps asking me if I am nervous and anxious about what is coming. Well, honestly, much to everyone’s dismay, I am completely calm about all of this. I am reminded of the classic Smith saying, I am as calm as a summer’s morning. Now, that does not include the preceding sentence about being a lamb going to the slaughter. Some might say that, but I most surely do not. It must be admitted that my still being here in Washington DC and not seeing anything leading up to it might be helping. We are within a week. I feel no apprehension at all.
On another note, yesterday I walked out of the elevator reading a letter and accidentally ran into a man. He fell backwards and against the wall. I apologized and helped him into the elevator. It was only as I walked down the hall I realized it was Senator Lindsey Graham from South Carolina. It made me feel bad.
I will definitely miss Washington DC. It is such a beautiful city. I imagine the feeling here is like the first visitors would have been to Rome, London, Paris, or some of the other ancient magnificent cities. Plus there is a certain ability to keep learning here that I enjoy. Many other jobs are not so requiring on a person to continue to learn.