This past week, the CT General Assembly's special session reminded me a bit of Christmas and Hanukkah with everyone hurrying up and waiting for the big event. So, I'm taking liberties and have "borrowed" a little holiday ditty and adapted it to fit the activities of the past week under the dome in Hartford. Here goes - no laughing!
A happy and cordial Old Saint Lamont
Busy so busy all day.
Looks to his elves and what does he see?
All busy with work and no play.
A busy Speaker Joe A-2-Z
Running around through the snow.
Lays down to make "angels", down on the ground,
Stacking them all neat in a row.
A "Christmas tree" or two is seen,
Decorated with amendments galore,
Awaiting the smiling legislators
To gather them thru the door.
Mistletoe hanging down by the stairs,
Reaching up towards the third floor.
Just the place for many a toll lobbyist
To stand and to make a big score.
A group of constituents gathered around
Roaming through these hallowed halls,
Sing beautiful "tunes" for everyone
The young, old, short and the tall.
The "table" is laid and activity abounds.
All to begin with a prayer,
The words are lovely and bright,
As they echo throughout with but care.
Anxious senators are told to settle in,
Though they are too excited to try.
So they roam and await and look for the green light,
While occasionally let out a sigh.
Come Thursday morning, after all is done,
The media gather, sharing gifts and a story.
While radio talker's squawk with a laugh and a smile,
And to us they report all the guts and the glory!
Okay, I tried, right? Not everything at the LOB should be so serious!
With that, I send you off for the next two weeks, to wait in anticipation of how I can recover from such frolic. And then we get back down to the serious business of reporting how our elected folks are making big decisions on how CT can kick off the new decade. With a little bit more than fireworks, lights, and cameras, but some long-term actions to pull all of us into the next 10 years of good economic health and an improved quality of life for all to enjoy and benefit.
Merry Christmas, happy holidays and a very good year ahead to all!