Leading and Living with Love: Neil Bush
In an interview with China Daily in August, Neil Bush talked about the passing of his mother Barbara. “Maria (his wife) and I live across the street from my parents’ house. I’d go over every day to talk or to do a puzzle together. She had her routine and would go out to meet her 92-year-old friend for lunch and go to church on Sunday.
“I probably read about 50 books for mom and dad — books about dad, about James Baker, books by dad, and others. The last book I read to my mom was Barbara Bush: A Memoir published by mom in 1994. It reflected on their entire life — dad going to China, running the CIA, running for Senate, running for President twice. It was kind of a joy to remind her, when she was kind of knocking on the doors of heaven, about this incredible life of adventure, her being a great wife and mother to her kids.
“When she passed away, a lot people said to me ‘Oh, I am sorry’. She lived to 92, she had an incredible marriage, saw the world, met interesting people, raised kids, one of which became President. It’s hard to feel sorry for someone who had lived such a great life.”