***UPDATE on Mrs. Kucinich***
(Hat tip to Victor for digging this up.)
On May 4, Elizabeth Harper walked with her boss into Dennis Kucinich's Capitol Hill office for a meeting and immediately noticed three things. In the reception area, she saw a visiting nun in white robes. In his inner office sat a shelf bearing an illustration depicting "light consciousness" and a bust of Gandhi.
She studied the lean and intense congressman and felt an attraction.
(that last sentence sounds like it's straight out of a romance novel!)
"Now this is an interesting man," she thought.
Dennis had also closely observed Elizabeth, a statuesque Englishwoman with waist-length red hair.
"I saw her eyes go to the light consciousness picture, then to the Gandhi bust, then to me," he says. "It was like one, two, three. That's when I knew."
(haha....from Ghandi to Kucinich. A leap into love!)
Within an hour, he called his friend, actress Mimi Kennedy, best known for playing Dharma's mother on "Dharma & Greg."
"I met her," Dennis said. Kennedy knew exactly what he meant. She gave a little yelp of joy.
Elizabeth and Dennis, by most laws of logic and logistics, should never have met.
She grew up in the 1980s in the tiny English village of North Ockendon, in a cottage where Pea Lane meets Dennis Lane. At Maytree Cottage, she planted flowers, listened to her mother read stories by the wood stove in the winter, and with her younger sister tended stray animals.
(Hobbes, is this what those Lucy Maud books you're always drooling over are like? Or, Anne of Avonlea...are those the same?)
Dennis grew up in the 1950s. Sometimes, he and his six siblings and parents lived in the family car.
(Sometimes? As in sometimes they slept in their car, and sometimes they slept in the house?)
When his mother became ill, the children stayed at the Parmadale Home for Children for months at a time.
Elizabeth went to an academically competitive secondary school in nearby Upminster. She and her classmates occasionally traveled Europe. Always the tallest in her class, she was one of the school's best players of net-ball, a game similar to volleyball.
Dennis, always the shortest boy in his class, went to high school at St. John Cantius in Cleveland's Tremont neighborhood. He worked several jobs to pay his tuition. And despite his 4-foot-9 stature and weight of 97 pounds, he toughed it out on the football team as third-string quarterback.
(Just like Lucas!)
While Dennis was sure of his attraction at their initial meeting, he didn't know how Elizabeth felt. Several nights later, in his Washington office, he sat at his desk and thought about her. "Basically, I asked for a sign," he says. Seconds later, ping! went his computer, alerting him to an e-mail.
("thought" about her???? hmm...are you sure that "ping" was his computer?)
It was from Elizabeth. The first line read, "This has no connection to work." Dennis was ecstatic.
She was forwarding an e-mail from one of her friends that related to the peace legislation he had proposed as a presidential candidate. He noticed her signature quote at the end: "Knowing love I shall allow all things to come and go, to be as supple as the wind and take everything that comes with great courage. My heart is as open as the sky."
This gave Dennis hope.
The two e-mailed each other regularly. While the e-mails were businesslike, each of them had a deeper agenda: They were attracted to one another. A couple of weeks after their first meeting, while she was in Arizona with her boss for more meetings, she wrote Dennis an e-mail telling him where she was.
("deeper agenda"!! Go Kuch, Go!!)
Several hours later, Elizabeth went shopping before leaving for New Mexico. She bought an opal ring - her birthstone. For reasons she can't explain, she decided to call it her "Dennis ring."
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