Leigh Anne Tuohy for AARP: Kindness is Always the Right Path

February 1st, 2012

February 1, 2012
By Leigh Anne Tuohy

Let me start by telling you this is not what I had intended to write about this week, but after several twist and turns on Tuohy Turnpike 101, I did a Dukes of Hazard slide and changed directions.

First, I never imagined so many of you would enjoy my blog post on the time spent in the ladies’ room last Sunday. I’m so glad some of you enjoyed the experience, even if you were living vicariously through me. Secondly, you are not aware of this’ but AARP has this little button in AARP land and the button has a label that reads, “Leigh Anne’s Sensor button” and each week when I turn in my blog, they have to use that little button numerous times – sad but true. Last week they pushed that little button many, many times just so my blog received a rating acceptable for our readers! My husband is in current negotiations with them to try and secure the future rights to that button. He might have to trade Collins and a future first round draft choice, but he thinks it would be worth his future peace of mind.

Ok, so back to the ladies’ room for just a quick button up.  There was definitely one thing that I took away from that experience as I reflected back over that day. That take away was how level the playing field becomes in a setting like the ladies’ room at a football stadium. Suddenly, it didn’t matter what your socioeconomic status was, your color, faith, type of car you drove to the game, where your seats were located, etc….everyone in that space had common goals. We were all equal.

Recently, I spoke in North Dakota. We had been scheduled to speak earlier in the year and the event was canceled due to flooding of the town . The town was bringing us in to speak because they had a sudden population explosion resulting from the discovery of oil in the area. They had brought in thousands of workers to do all the manual labor. Their housing conditions were inadequate, and they were being treated very poorly. Suddenly this flash flood came upon the entire town, and it suddenly mattered not who you were, where you were from, what you lived in or drove or if you were educated. This disaster made everyone equal. It leveled the playing field.

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