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The telephone rang in the deep hours of a dark night after a heavy day for our family.
My mother, affectionately known as Dodie, had passed away just a few hours after my father had passed, the two dying of independent causes.
The call - the first that my wife, Karyn, and I had received from any of our friends or Senate colleagues - was from Ted and Vicki Kennedy. That is caring and that is love.
Imagine being in Nantucket with your non-sailing sons with Ted, the master of the sea, skippering his beloved wooden sailboat over from Hyannis, asking the boys to jump aboard so he could take them on a harbor cruise and tell them a bit about why his brother John so dearly loved the United States of America.
He focused time and energy on the young and the importance their lives will play in meeting the challenges of today and tomorrow.
You see, in our lives Ted Kennedy was more than the legislative lion of the Senate.
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