Hanna, Age 12, Guest Blogger

Hello! My name is Hanna. I live in Farmington and go to school in West Hartford at a great school called Renbrook. I am twelve years old and in seventh grade. For this year, my father lives in Washington, D.C. and works for Senator Rockefeller when he was accepted as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy fellow. This past Thursday was Bring Your Sons and Daughters to Work Day in the Senate and I got to go! It was a big event with nearly one hundred people all directed into a small room with food and beverage. Kids ranged from about three to eighteen and the room was bustling with important people. Everyone seemed to be on there best behavior and I tried to do the same.

There was a woman in the front who introduced herself as Mary Landrieu, Senator from Louisiana. She also introduced a couple members of her staff. She brought us into the Senate Chamber (normally no one is allowed on the Senate floor) and seemed to emphasize especially the importance of the press who has there own seating area called a “gallery”. Then she moved on to tell us that maybe some day we too will be a part of the Senate or other parts of the government. She talked about her hopes such as one day that half of the people would be women in the Senate and that the Senate would reflect the diversity of our country.

She said that the Senate floor is such a unique place in the world where senators can argue yet respect each other’s views. Senator Landrieu was emotional about how she felt first entering the Senate Chamber and how she feels the same way even now. The senator next led us to the senate floor, the lights shined down on you real bright and fifty small desks with stacks of papers on them. Above Joe Biden’s desk was written E PLURIBIS UNUM, which means “out of many there is one”. This was one of the most surreal moments for me - I thought about how amazing and cool our country really is, I thought about all those people who fought for our freedom and how privileged I am to be a citizen of America. She showed us the secret candy desks on both the Democratic and Republican sides and said that even though she is a Democrat, the Republicans sometimes have better candy.

Also the senator showed us the different seats and the movement of senators as they become more senior. The Floor of the Senate is an amazing place and to think that you are standing where some of the most important and influential people in our country have stood.

Being at this event made me think that maybe someday I would like to have a job in government, maybe in the FBI or CIA. I’m not quite sure what job exactly, but most people in government work so hard and generally keep in mind the benefit of others and try to help them and I would love to do the same some day. Their work, as much as I didn’t notice before, is so important to the life I live.

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