I have read with interest the flack over a remark made by State Rep. Ernest Hewett about a possible snake under his desk during an Appropriations Committee hearing in Hartford. I do not know him personally, but I did once have the good fortune to meet him and share a brief conversation. As a volunteer for many years at New London's Garde Arts Center, I remember working one of our children's shows and observed Hewett with his children. What set them apart from many of the other children in attendance was that they were extremely well behaved. I felt the need to comment to their father after the performance and I remember him saying that the relationship they enjoyed was simply a matter of trust and respect. He had never lied to them, he said, and they trusted him completely as a result.
I was convinced as they walked away together, that here was a special man, his children fortunate to have him for a father.
It is hard to fathom how someone might interpret the comment he made to be sexual in nature. My guess is that someone more calloused and blunted by our society's obsession with sex had to explain it to her.