I asked myself, why wasn’t I there with her? I went through all of the excuses I could muster, but the short answer remained….I should have been there with her. The guilt lead me to question what I was doing in Des Moines when I have a family back home that needs me and depends on me. With the picture of Sahara clearly in my mind, I waded through the guilt for an answer.
I’m in the legislature for the same reason many parents and grandparents are suffering through extra hours at work….we ALL want a better future for our children and grandchildren. Working families are doing their best to provide a future and I’m doing my best to protect their future. It’s a commitment that involves all of us! It starts with living within our means, prioritizing safety, providing a quality education system, and finally….playing a leadership role within our family where parents teach priorities to their children.
I know what’s important and this time I didn’t make a good decision. The only comfort I had was that Sahara’s parents were both at her side and just as important. In a prayer before surgery, I asked my God to stand beside Sahara in my absence. The phone call from my granddaughter was proof that HE was there.
Lesson learned…Thank you God!
State Rep. Horbach