Monday, September 21, 2009

Al Franken's Anniversary Gift to His Wife

We live in a time when so many marriages don't last or are troubled. And we live in a time when the news seems to feature at least one story a week involving a philandering politician. (Former presidential candidate John Edwards, former New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, South Carolina governor Mark Sanford, Nevada Sen. John Ensign, Louisiana Sen. David Vitter ...)

Perhaps because of that I was especially moved by an email sent on Saturday by U.S. Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota. The missive wasn't a call for money or political support. Instead, it was a sentimental (and funny) message from the comic-turned-legislator announcing that September 19 was the 40th anniversary of the day he first laid eyes on his wife,
Franni. The note was a gift to Franni, and a suggestion to readers that they take the time to think about and appreciate someone they love.

Here's the text of his message:

When our daughter Thomasin was in the second grade, her teacher asked each student to write a story about how their parents met. So, she came home and asked me how I met her Mom.

I explained that I was at what was known as a freshman 'mixer,' what she knew as a 'dance,' during my first year of college. I saw Franni from across the room. She was organizing some girls to leave and I really liked how she was taking charge, which, in hindsight, is not her best quality... Also, she was just beautiful. So I asked her to dance, and we danced. And then I bought her a ginger ale.

After the dance I escorted her back to her dorm and asked her for a date.

Thomasin wrote the story up with stunning accuracy. She told her class, " Dad asked my Mom to dance, bought her a drink, and took her home." Even at a young age, she had a keen grasp of the facts and a real knack for editing.

That night - the first night of the best thing that has ever happened to me - was exactly 40 years ago today. When I was running for the Senate, I used to tell people, "Franni and I are running for the Senate. If we win, I get to be the Senator." Well, we won. And what I said proved true - I get to be the Senator.

Another thing that's true is that I wouldn't be where I am today without the love and support of the most amazing woman in the world.

And, as we start the next chapter of our journey together, I wanted to send supporters like you a note. A funny story from long ago in hopes that you might take a moment today, remember a funny story about someone you love, smile, and be thankful.

All the best, Al

P.S. Happy Anniversary Franni, I love you!


Lilly said...

That is sweet.

Chrysula Winegar said...

Al Franken's gift here is absolute commitment and partnership with Franni. They are are team in every respect. That's how to make a good marriage. Something our society seems to have forgotten on so many levels. So happy to have seen this.

Anonymous said...

This is beautiful.


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