Deval Patrick, His Excellency
It was exciting and wonderful, and Deval Patrick cried as we sang "Laying Down My Only Burden," an original composition by our director and founder, Matthew Meyer Boulton. Mrs. Patrick and I smiled at each other through one entire verse and gave each other "YEA, BABY" expressions. She looks like SO much fun.
I wanted to make some small gesture of my personal excitement to our new governor so I put my hands together in blessing and made a teensy little bow to him before we sat down. He mouthed to me, "THANK YOU."
It was lovely. I have the highest hopes in the world for him and his administration.
* Michael Paulson will probably not appreciate it if you call him "Max." It's just that I constantly accidentally call him "Mark" after a miserable man I worked with in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Max is an effort to stop doing that.