Day -206 People Helping People

Smile Alert!

Smile Alert!

When I take a broad view on the world, I see lots of folks just going about their day, without concern or regard for others.  In fact, I sometimes fall in to that trap myself, forgetting that people who work with the public don’t owe me anything, if I can’t be nice, why should they. I lose a little faith in humanity when I am faced with tyrant little men yelling at the world, service workers who wish they were anywhere else but at their jobs, tourists who think they own the place.

And then, along comes a humanitarian act or three that restores your faith….

It started last week, we held an event in Moab on Saturday, as part of that, I shared with the group what I was doing on Sunday – raising funds for my favorite charity.  At the end of the day, two of our trophy winners – a father and son team – donated their purse to my charity.  Made me cry, this wasn’t just a small amount, this was almost $1,000.  Another champion peeled off a couple hundred dollar bills and added to the total.

Then this week, we were fortunate enough to be around some awesome folks.  They gave up their weekend and their resources to help us have a great event.  It was more than what we generally see, we have a lot of volunteers in our industry, but no one compares to this group of people who saw it through to the end. My faith meter is moving up.

And then the kicker…another champion from our event walked up and said “Shelley, I don’t know how much I won this weekend, it doesn’t matter, I want you and Rich to keep it.  Put it to good use, you have a long trip ahead, you never know what can happen.”  When I protested, he just smiled and said, “I prayed about it, this is what I want to do.”  There is no refutation to a statement like that.

I am forever grateful and doubly blessed by the people we are surrounded by.  Each day, I strive to do the right thing, to be appreciative and understanding.  Most days I fail, I am human.  I admire so many around me for their generosity and compassion, thank you for reminding me that there is more good in our world than bad.


Day 317 – Baja 2012, Day Ten

Slap, Pop, Slam…no, not the updated version of the Rice Krispies, kids playing pogs on the sidewalk,  those are the sound they make.  We stopped at Adriana’s on the Malecon in San Felipe.  I just couldn’t see making the trip all the way here and not stopping for the best shrimp quesadillas in the world.  Maria’s grandkids, three boys ranging in age 3 to 7 were on the sidewalk with their pogs.  I remember pogs, Kayla had a whole duffle bag full of them, maybe 15+ years ago.

When my kids were little, their dad ran an auction barn, so they could often pick up toys they wanted on the cheap.  Kayla did that with pogs, she was probably eight or nine at the time.  She had more slammers than anyone else on the playground.  Everyday she took a large bag full to school, I’m pretty sure she handed out a handful to all her friends so they could play too.  Kayla has always been very generous that way.  She’s the girl who brought home strays, whether they were cats or people never mattered.  If someone was in a bad situation she brought them home to help them.

Next week is the Christmas Tree Fantasy in our hometown, since the moment Kayla figured out there was a giving tree, we had to go to the Fantasy on the first night it opened and find our giving tree recipients. It was important that the kids all had someone their own age to buy for.  Then we would spend one night just shopping for those presents only.  My Kayla was always the most generous, she just wanted to buy one more thing, every time.  I’m very proud of her and hope her generosity of spirit doesn’t wane in her grown up years.  It is one of her best qualities, love you Kayla.