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Kennedy Family Tree Got Me Thinking...


I was looking at the Kennedy Family Tree that Fox News posted from the Kennedy Library and found myself thinking about all the ways people affect other people. Sometimes we have no idea how what we say or what we do will affect a third party. We sometimes are truly clueless regarding how our relationships (or lack thereof) could be significant to someone else.

We do some things because it is the right thing to do. We do some things because it is the wrong thing to do but makes something right for someone else. Regardless of why we do things, the fact of the matter is what we do usually affects another person.

Most people go through life and just don't think that much about it.

The Kennedy Family Tree got me thinking about it today...

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Comment balloon 12 commentsC Tann-Starr • August 26 2009 03:04PM


C, I wrote a post on Senator Kennedy that sort of makes your point - basically an interation he had with my Mom that neither of us ever forgot.  He was an amazing guy.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) about 11 years ago

Patricia, he was that and more. I am sorry about the young woman who died in that car crash decades ago. Sometimes I think the mistakes we make make us better and stronger people as we age and grow. He worked tirelessly for the things that he believed in and was very driven to succeed. I met him once and he made quite an impression. I will never forget his kindness to the law enforcement community or to people in general... A very interesting family, indeed... 

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 11 years ago

I would say that the members of the Kennedy family tree have really touched the lives of many others. I have thought about this from time to time. How many people have we touched or made an impression on in our time and how many of them did we never even know about.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) about 11 years ago

JL, so have I. Especially when I get a nice e-mail from someone and I have no idea who they are because I really don't remember doing anything nice for them. I guess when we are just doing our jobs we take kind words for granted. People remember our kindness even when we don't... 

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 11 years ago

I also wonder how many family videos and vacation pictures I am in the background of. When I was in Manhattan, I saw thousands of people in Time Square with their DVRs filming away and thousands more taking pictures and so was I. So I wonder how many videos and pictures you just randomly end up in just because you're walking down the street or you're in the same place.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) about 11 years ago

JL, I know what you mean. The strange thing is when you take pictures with someone and they become famous later (LOL). I have a few of those. Talk about fun conversations. ;-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 11 years ago

C-so right you are.  Years ago a friend and co-worker surprised me by telling me how much what I'd said to her had impacted her.  Little did I know that it had come at a time for her when she was in much need of some support.  It stuck with me that without being aware of it, what a person says or does can impact another person on any given day.   

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) about 11 years ago

I remember the first time I cried after reading an article in AR. It was magnificent. A blog post off topic stopped a woman from committing suicide. She wrote a wonderful e-mail that the author eventually shared in the forum and that was the moment I turned against the people hell bent to make this place a real estate post only forum.

Writing off topic saved a life. A precious soul is walking around today because people here are honest about having a bad day, abuse, neglect, divorce, marital problems, barely keeping the roof over their own heads, being a Realtor and having their home foreclosed upon them...

We have no idea how we affect a person who needs to hear a particular word at a particular time. You don't have to be perfect to help someone. You just have to have the courage to speak... People are desperate for help, for encouragement, for a kindness. When they Google a question they have no idea where they will wind up. A lot of people wind up here because of who we are, what we say and what we do. Sharing an honest moment can be a very powerful thing. We might not remember what we wrote last month but i bet you someone who really needed it may remember that post for the rest of their life.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 11 years ago


In Virginia, I lived around the corner from Ted's home. Can't tell you the number of times his offspring would stop when jogging to have a neighborly chat or to help wrestle a heavy trash can to the curb. The little things mean a lot to people.

My old car had 1 bumper sticker: Practice random acts of kindness. Whether or not we live around the corner from one another, we're all still neighbors. And I pray to treat all accordingly...

Posted by Irene Kennedy Realtor® in Northwestern NJ (Weichert) about 11 years ago

Practice Random Acts Of Kindness is a great blog post title. Hmm... I can do something interesting with that (LOL). Irene, you ROCK. I have been thinking about writing something nice about the Kennedys and you have inspired another post. It may take a while. I have to do an illustration for it. ;-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 11 years ago

C, I loved hearing about the post that stopped someone from committing suicide. That is amazing, scary, awesome, so many things rolled into one. We all have our low points, and how wonderful when someone reaches out and says "I care", or "I understand, and you are not a bad person". These are priceless moments that we who are the receivers will never ever forget.

Although I have not been here a year, early on I was reading a post, can't even remember what it was. But it was a "if you can't take the heat get out of the kitchen" type post. Members only post. I stopped reading the other posts by the person who wrote it, as well as a few of the commenter's. Such an attitude of screw you, leave me alone, if you need a shoulder to cry on it ain't mine, go to hell. I was so upset, I almost left AR, seriously. But, I realized that most of the people here are not that way, and I have found my group, my friends, and I would never hesitate to call one of them if I thought something was amiss. And I have had someone email me when I shared something small about my life. It was a great help to me, this is someone I would call if I needed to talk. Someone who lives a zillion miles away, someone I will probably never meet in my life, yet someone who made such an impact on my life.

As far as what happened so many years ago with Mary Jo K and Ted Kennedy, I am sure he had no choice in how he handled it. I am convinced he was "advised". I have always found him to be a man that stood up and claimed ownership of his shortcomings. I am a MA born of Irish Catholic descent. The Kennedy's were very important in my family, and this is a very difficult time for me personally. He did so much for the common man, without his push to finish what his brothers started, we would have a very different world here today. He fought the brave fight always, standing up for what he belived in no matter what. We should all And I know there are things in my past I am not proud of at all, and I don't think I would have the courage to have my life so public.

Thank you for such a thoughtful post. We need more thoughtfulness, and more fun! And you are always fun!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) about 11 years ago

Andrea, this place is truly amazing... I love blogging here and making such lovely friends. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 11 years ago

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