Yesterday is why I am running. Yesterday I was dead tired--so tired I wondered if I should be driving. But I got out my list, fueled up with a candy corn sugar-high and hit the trail. I didn't get to as many doors as I would like, but every one mattered. I talked to a dairy farmer trying to make ends meet, trying to carry on a Vermont tradition despite the many challenges of the industry. I talked to a small business owner who barely weathered Irene and wonders when the river will take his business away. I talked to a talented craftsman with a second job and an elderly father who thought, at first glance, I was his daughter come to dinner. This campaign has been demanding and draining and sad at times, but it brings hope, too. Hope that I will have a chance to go back and visit these folks in a few years, to go back to them with answers and solutions, to go back and find them thriving. That is what I want.