I just got home from a week-long bike trip in Oregon's Willamette Valley. Great weather, good people, excellent time. We stayed in motels. I had a roommate I'd never met before, who was good enough to accommodate my anti-TV ways. But one early evening, she had the news on. Some guy was interviewing Michele Obama, traveling in Africa. She had spoken earlier that day with students, who had written questions for her. The interviewer had picked one to be answered on camera.
It was something like, What advice do you give your daughters about choosing a mate? Without even needing to pause and think, our First Lady gave some of the best advice I've ever heard.
"Choose people who lift you up," she said.
I wish somebody had thought to suggest that when I was looking for a husband.
So then we got back on our bikes and I lost track of current events again. I figured by the time I got home, everybody in America would be abuzz with this idea and telling all the young people in their lives. But I haven't seen any evidence of this. So you tell your young people, please. And I'm thinking it's a good standard for choosing our politicians too. Let's go for the folks who want us to be our best, not the ones who tell us everything can be fixed without much effort or attention or sacrifice.
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