I was fortunate to be able to attend the dinner and concert on Thursday evening, that preceded the awarding of the annual Midway American Patriot Award to Lee Iacocca on the flight deck of the USS Midway Museum in San Diego Harbor on Sept 2. Iacocca was being honored for four things: 1) designing the Mustang, 2) his revival of the Chrysler Corp, 3) leading the restoration of the Statue of Liberty, and 4) his life-long dedication to finding a cure for diabetes (complications took the life of his first wife). So there were lots of people connected with diabetes there.
On Friday I was standing in line to use one of the two terminals in the lobby of the Manchester Hyatt set up especially for printing boarding passes for the airlines. A mother and her 7-year old daughter were directly in front of me in the line. They went to one of the terminals, and then I went to the other terminal right next to it. After a few seconds the mother turned and spoke to me, to tell me that her daughter had noticed my insulin pump, which was clipped to the belt on my trousers. Then the daughter pulled out her Cozmo to show it to me. (I didn't tell how fortunate she was, to still have a Cozmo. My Cozmo reached the end of its 4.5-year life just one month ago.) We talked some more after we finished getting our boarding passes, and we were joined by Michael Sullivan, of Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston. If I recall correctly, the mother and daughter live in Washington, DC, and the daughter already has about five years of experience with diabetes. And of course, they were in San Diego for the ceremonies for Lee Iacocca, too.