I bet you know a Mary Tulko..! Whether you live in a major city in America or out in the sticks of Fertile, Alabama, or even somewhere in the Ozark Mountains, you probably know someone like Mary Tulko. She’s that patriot woman who is always there; whether it’s greeting a returning soldier home at an airport, standing on the corner waving a sign for the President, or maybe just being that lone voice mixing it up with people who don’t agree with her. You might not know her name, but you see Mary Tulko everywhere.
This story is about the Mary Tulko that I know. As it turns out, I’ve known Mary for many years and we’ve stood shoulder to shoulder at many Tea Party type events, political rallies, and lots of other events. We’ve cheered together when our candidates or issues we support succeed, and we’ve kept each other’s spirits up when we haven’t won the day. Only a handful of weeks ago, we met up near Mar a Lago on the night the Red Cross Ball was taking place.
On that night, there were a few hundred patriots showing support for President Trump just a few hundred yards to the west, and there were also several thousand individuals making their way down Flagler Blvd. to protest the President and the event. The Patriots Press was doing some real time reporting and videoing right in the thick of it, and while Mary and I were watching each other’s backs, there were a few times that we got separated. During one of those times, Mary had taken it upon herself to walk down to an area just outside of the President’s home where the protestors had been allowed to gather and started talking to some of them and attempted reasoning. She actually did have some success finding common ground and managed to make it through the ordeal unscathed.
By the time we reconnected, the crowds had largely dispersed and we decided to get out of there and grab a snack.
Fast forward to President Trump’s last visit on the weekend of March 18. Mary was yet again out on the island causeway just waving a sign welcoming him home when suddenly a vehicle pulled up and she and several that she was standing with were invited at the President’s behest, by Secret Service Agents to visit him in Mar a Lago.
At first they all thought it was a crazy joke of some sort, but just like that, Mary Tulko, the “nameless” woman who is always everywhere, was waiting in the Ball Room of Mar a Lago to meet the President of the United States.
The sequence of events included them going through two security check points and then they were brought into the massive ball room where they waited about twenty minutes for the most powerful man in the world to enter the room. While they were waiting, they were served drinks and suddenly they saw the red MAGA Cap and heard President Trump ask if the room was big enough for them, immediately putting them all at ease.
When Mary chatted with him, he asked if he was doing a good job and if Mary was pleased so far. He stayed for about an hour and listened to each of them individually and as a group before taking photos.
Talk about a Cinderella moment…! Mary shared with me that she had a gown she bought and was supposed to wear to the Inauguration, but she never got a chance to go and will never wear that gown, but this once in a lifetime chance was way better than attending the Inaugural.
Instead of getting all dressed up and going to a party where she would probably never have had the chance to meet or even get near the President, this now not so “nameless” face in the crowd, this “Mary Tulko,” my friend, now has a memory that few will ever share.
Congratulations Mary Tulko. I can’t think of anyone I know who is more deserving of such an honor.
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