As a young mother, especially, I always admired those who could make their children mind with what seemed the slightest change in the tone of their voice or look.
I had a grandmother who I could never imagine personally challenging, only because I thought she walked on water. Her contentedness from a life well-lived radiated from her very being, and immediately put those in her company at ease. But her true knack with us kids was her willingness to listen to whatever we had to say with complete attention. Nothing was too trivial and everything was kept in strict confidence, which taught me that respect is a two-way street.
AS LAURA KELLY gave her first address to legislators as governor Wednesday night, I found myself wishing the camera had zoomed in closer so that all I could see was her.