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I’m not sure I realized when I first met George Bush that his presence would play such a pivotal and continuous role in my life I don’t think I consciously realized that rather indirect connection would create the pain and disconnection from my family as it has invited.  However, find cheap quick relief dogs as fate would have it, find cheap quick relief dogs my indirect relationship with George Bush has been a challenging and ever present one, find cheap quick relief dogs which continues to this day. My mother's funeral and reception was November 8th 1992, find cheap quick relief dogs which happened to be the day after George H.W. Find cheap quick relief dogs Bush lost the presidential election to Bill Clinton. I wonder if my mother ever knew she happened to be a sixth cousin of the former president Bush.    She never mentioned it. 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I believe it was 1991.  Over time I have gotten the holidays mixed up.   They actually came over for a number of holiday get togethers. Find cheap quick relief dogs   I remember  being somewhat nervous in meeting them. By this point in my life, find cheap quick relief dogs I had already jumped the fence into Democratic territory. I assumed I would be marked with a Scarlet 'D' (democrat) and perhaps whisked back to the children‘s table, find cheap quick relief dogs which I had been grateful to graduate from when my niece and nephews came along. Debbie made the decision to seat me at the adult table next to George. I remember liking him immediately.  He was funny, find cheap quick relief dogs he was polite, find cheap quick relief dogs he was charming and easy to talk with. Find cheap quick relief dogs   Laura was always polite, find cheap quick relief dogs gracious and less vocal than George, find cheap quick relief dogs and after lunch I remember being really impressed them both. 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However I came to a rather over- belabored conclusion it was necessary to show a different opinion in the sea of conformity in which I swam. * The day of my mom’s funeral was an emotional one. Find cheap quick relief dogs   I was grateful beyond words to have my high school friends at the house after the funeral to hang out with - to sit up in my mom’s room, find cheap quick relief dogs tell 'Liz' stories  and to laugh with, find cheap quick relief dogs as well as to allow me to cry and smoke cigarettes. My friends have always given me incredible support and love although we have gone on to live vastly different lives. Later that day I was downstairs talking to a friend of the families when my brother Jim pulled me aside. Find cheap quick relief dogs   He informed me that George had seen the Clinton sticker on my car, find cheap quick relief dogs (with the implication he was not happy).    I was caught off guard by Jim’s statement. I didn’t know how to respond really, find cheap quick relief dogs except at that point in my life, find cheap quick relief dogs in my usually over- apologetic way. At the time I remember feeling ashamed and even guilty, find cheap quick relief dogs if that's the word.  In fairness to Jim, find cheap quick relief dogs that was not the way he addressed it with me. Find cheap quick relief dogs   He was very kind and I understand he probably felt it was his obligation to tell me. In looking back now, find cheap quick relief dogs I am curious why someone would be compelled to address my brother about a bumper sticker on my car only a couple of hours after my mother's funeral. In short it was an awkward situation for a few of us and I remember how it made a very significant impact on that day for me. I understand with the timing how such a situation would create awkwardness for George to be reminded of a painful event that happened days earlier.  And while I understand the awkwardness and ill timing of a painful reminder, find cheap quick relief dogs my support for Bill Clinton had never been a secret, find cheap quick relief dogs nor was my party affiliation. In addition the timing that someone had apparently noticed the bumper sticker on my car at my mothers funeral reception could have been better timed as well. The reality was while his father had lost an election, find cheap quick relief dogs and mind you, find cheap quick relief dogs the presidency, find cheap quick relief dogs I had lost my mother. Seven years earlier, find cheap quick relief dogs when I was nineteen, find cheap quick relief dogs I lost my father.   The impact of both parents being gone is hard to describe. I think it's the reality we're really on our own. 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I looked up and said hey to George and kept playing my guitar.  Debbie stood there for a minute and then repeated, find cheap quick relief dogs “Connie stand up, find cheap quick relief dogs the governor is here”. Find cheap quick relief dogs   I think I sat there for a second and then stood up.     I remember George looking at Debbie and awkwardly laughed a little.  In  looking back, find cheap quick relief dogs it seemed from that point on, find cheap quick relief dogs George’s governorship and positon(s) of power and formality became a gradual, find cheap quick relief dogs more presiding reality. Although it was pleasant, find cheap quick relief dogs the atmosphere was more formal the few times I saw George after that. It had always been formal in a sense, find cheap quick relief dogs but now it was different. Distant, find cheap quick relief dogs and more guarded. I remember another time at the lake the governor asking me how everything was on the 'liberal' end (whatever 'liberal' really even means). I remember politely replying I really didn’t know. But that's not true. I actually knew quite a bit.    At the time however, find cheap quick relief dogs my remaining congenial was more of a priority than creating an uncomfortable or tense moment at the lake. In looking back, find cheap quick relief dogs I am reminded every single day, find cheap quick relief dogs that remaining congenial at the expense of the suffering, find cheap quick relief dogs hardship, find cheap quick relief dogs and wrongdoing of those who are innocent is a luxury that I, find cheap quick relief dogs nor any of us can any longer afford.  As if we ever could.