Tales from the Trail – A History Lesson

Hildy   Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending a Coffee Meet and Greet in Northfield.  I met some old friends and some new and am thankful for Eileen Toland and Nancy Woerner for sponsoring and hosting.  I am also thankful for whomever brought the cheesecake – it was delicious!

But I am most thankful for the opportunity to meet Hildy, an 89 year-old immigrant from Germany.  She is a passionate democrat and loves this country, even though it is not the country of her origin.  Hildy told me she grew up in Germany, under Hitler’s regime and that what she is seeing now in our country is hitting a little too close to home.  She was lucky enough to come to the United States in 1953 at the age of 23 to start a new life.  Hildy came here, speaking no English, but acclimating nonetheless.  She related tales of bureaucracy that she experienced (like the Kentucky DMV giving her a middle initial because a middle name was a necessity to receive a driver’s license).  Hildy took all these minor inconveniences in stride since she had already experienced the worst of humanity, but now she is once again fearful.  This is why, at 89, Hildy is becoming an activist – to ensure history does not repeat itself and to ensure that “America stays the greatest country in the world”.

Here’s to Hildy and all the others who experienced the worst events in history only to come out stronger and fight for the best this country has to offer.


Author: Maureen Leidy

I am a proud resident of Ventnor and a member of the Ventnor Democrats and the South Jersey Democratic Women’s Forum. I am a single mother of four adult children, and grandmother to seven. When I am not working, I’m either calling my congressmen, signing petitions or marching in the streets. When I was approached to run, my inclination was to decline, but my daughter bluntly told me, “Put your money where your mouth is. If you don’t run, you are a hypocrite.” As much as I hated to admit it, she was right. So I am running to give a voice to those Atlantic County residents, who, like myself live paycheck to paycheck; who have struggled with the disease of addiction in their family; who have nowhere to turn when they are facing abuse and harassment. I am running to keep our beaches clean and our roads free of flooding. I am running to ensure your children and grandchildren can go to school without fear and receive a quality education. I am running so that my daughters and yours have access to Planned Parenthood. I am running so that all of us, male or female, are treated fairly and paid equally in the workplace. I know it’s an uphill battle, but I’ve always been a fighter. I will fight for your vote and I will fight for the ideals and values that the people of Atlantic County believe in – a safe, affordable community that we are proud to call home.

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