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Elizabeth Warren  Official campaign account of Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).

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Thank you all for the birthday wishes! Glad to be back in Massachusetts to celebrate with my sweetie Bruce. After a quick birthday dinner at Giulia for the best Italian in town, I’m getting right back to work to fight the GOP's monstrosity of a so-called "health care" bill. The best birthday gift I could possibly receive is for you to get in this fight, too.

From the time I was in second grade, I wanted to be a teacher. But our family was a paycheck-to-paycheck family. By the time I was a senior in high school, we didn’t have the money for a college application, much less the money to send me off to school. I was sixteen, angry and miserable.

After one especially bitter battle with my mother, I threw some clothes in a bag and ran out of the house. Hours later, Daddy found me on a bench at the bus station downtown. He sat down beside me, and asked if I remembered the time after his heart attack.

I remembered. I’d been 12 years old, and I’d seen how fast a family could be turned upside down.

Daddy said it was the worst time in his life. "Your mother was at home when they took the station wagon,” he said in a low voice. “And then they said they were going to take the house. She cried every night.” Sitting there on the bench in the bus station, he told me that he had failed and that the shame had nearly killed him. He wanted to die.

What happened? I asked.

Daddy sat silently for a long time. Finally, he took my hand in both of his and held it tightly.

It got better, he said. Your mother found work. We made some payments. After a while, I went back to work. We had less money, but it was enough to get by. We got caught up on the mortgage. You seemed to do okay.

Finally he turned and looked at me. “Life gets better, punkin.” And he was right. Daddy and I headed home. It was a winding path, but I eventually made it through college and started teaching school. And once one door opened, so did another and another. Life got better.

I’ve carried that story in my pocket for decades. It was how I made it through the painful parts. Divorce. Disappointments. Deaths. When things get tough, I still hear my daddy’s voice, telling me to hang on. It’s a part of him that will always be with me.

Happy Father’s Day to all the daddies who are trying their hardest. Happy Father’s Day to every daddy who sets the example every day of what it means to care for the people you love. Happy Father’s Day to every daddy who tells a child, “Life gets better, punkin.”

Keep marching. Keep celebrating. #pride #BostonPride #wickedproud 🏳️‍🌈

To everyone marching & dancing at #BostonPride & celebrations across the country: Happy Pride! 🏳️‍🌈

I am #wickedproud to be from MA, the state that leads the way for LGBTQ equality. #bostonpride

I don't march in the #bostonpride parade. I dance. #wickedproud

This one is fearless. I'm not quite sure when that realization hit me. Bennie was a sweet baby who was never afraid of strangers. Or spiders. Or stairs. She climbed everything, ate everything, and laughed uproariously at the craziness of the world.
And now she’s celebrating her 12th birthday. She is a platform diver. She climbs rock walls and races down rocky trails. And she tells killer math jokes — even to boys. She is still fearless — and I love everything she does. Happy birthday, Bennie! #tbt

Glad to see 2 terrific fighters for working families at the @massdems #mdpconvention yesterday: @maura_healey & @jasonkander.

Thank you @massdems for another great #mdpconvention! It is an honor to fight side-by-side with you.

Happy #nationaldonutday! ICYMI: I joined the MA guys at #podsaveamerica this week for a delicious conversation about how we keep fighting over a box of @dunkindonuts. Download the podcast - much like donuts, it's food for the soul. #friendofthepod

When I was 12, my daddy had a heart attack. All three of my brothers were off in the military, and Daddy was out of work for a long time. We lost our family station wagon, and we were about an inch away from losing our home. One day, I walked into my mother’s room and found her crying. She said, “We are not going to lose this house.” She wiped her eyes, blew her nose, and pulled on her best dress – the one she wore to funerals and graduations. At 50 years old, she walked down the street and got her first paying job: answering the phones at Sears. That minimum wage job saved our home, and my mother saved our family. I learned in that moment how mothers do what needs to be done to fight back. Whether you’re a mother or grandmother like me, or you plan to celebrate or remember the special women in your life, I hope you and your loved ones have a very happy Mother’s Day.

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