Remembering Rosalynn carter
President and Mrs. Carter travelled to Seoul, Korea in June of 1979 for a state visit. Mrs. Carter had expressed an interest in meeting some of the Peace Corps volunteers in country and so a gathering was arranged. It was a lovely outdoor event. Mrs Carter said a few words and then was introduced to each one of the volunteers individually. Once the formalities were over, she started asking questions about how we were adjusting and we all crowded around...she was extremely gracious and acted as though she had all the time in the world. Finally her staff swooped in and said that she had another engagement and that she had to leave.
That was nearly 45 years ago and yet the impression she created that day - thoughtful, generous with her time, and gracious - remains with those of us who had the opportunity to meet her.