Thursday, March 8, 2012

Keeping it short

Rep. Cindy Ryu measures a bit over five feet, one inch from head to toe, but she hoped to stand tall on the floor of the House in praise of a yet-more-diminutive colleague,Phyllis Gutiérrez Kenney, who is retiring after 15 years in the Legislature.
Alas, Ryu was unable to rise in salute to Kenney, what with the crush of business at the session’s close.
But here’s what she planned to say in her not-long speech.
As a fellow member of the Short Caucus, I would like to talk about legs.
I know the saying, “If you want something done, you ask a short, busy woman,” is true because over the last year and half, I’ve seen and learned from Rep. Phyllis Gutiérrez Kenney about:
setting goals, putting legs on them, and charging into whomever or whatever the challenges and barriers may be.
Rep. Gutiérrez Kenney is an embodiment of how we can achieve the American dream, one step at a time.
Phyllis, you are leaving large footprints to fill.  I will miss you.

To read this story in Spanish, click here.