What follows is in response to the 100 Word Challenge, authored by the sometimes slightly disconnected Velvet Verbosity. The word this week is "Engages".
I remember 1961 and the cold January day when JFK was inaugurated. I remember the speech. I remember the young Catholic Senator from Massachusetts and his improbable election. He wore no hat. His accent was funny. East Coast rich. Boston. And yet, the fact he came from money never made a difference. We saw him as ours. And his speech, that day, the day he engages the country, will live forever. He said words that every man knows, even to this very day: Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.
I was 18 years old in November of '63. I cried when he died.