Friday, January 01, 2010

Why is this guy smiling?

The time is 4:00 pm on September 4, 2009 and my wife will soon be on her way to Kilimanjiro, Tanzania.  I'm sitting across from her at the airport, sipping on my Starbucks.  The drink in my hand could very likely be an Espresso Truffle.  Jennifer will be gone for 17 days.

Some might say that it's the thought of being on my own for an extended period of time that has put the smile on my face.  I have the house & bed to myself (well almost, as Austen our beagle is at home with me).  Those who know me well, would say it's the cup of coffee in my hand that has my face lit up.  I definitely enjoy a cup of good coffee and Starbucks sets the bar for where I like to begin.

But the reason for the smile ... it's rooted in my joy of seeing my wife accomplish the seemingly impossible.  A fundraising goal of $10,000 for the Alzheimers Society of BC.  Financing the trip to Mount Kilimanjiro.  Climbing the mountain!

I knew she could do it!  I knew she would do it!  She did do it!

She climbed Mount Kilimanjiro (paying her own way) and has raised more than $17000 thus far in funding for education and services to support the more than 70,000 individuals and their families across the province of BC who live with dementia every day.  The money raised also funding vital research into the causes and the cure.

She did it with the help of family, friends and strangers.  I smile because there is so much in my life to smile about (including the coffee).


bobskoot said...

Robert, the Rev:

congrats to Jennifer for achieving her goal and to yourself for helping to raise some of the funds through your baking and barista abilities.
You have a lot to smile about. Welcome to the blogging community

bobskoot: wet coast scootin

Mike said...

Welcome to the blogosphere Reverend! And congratulations to your wife! That's quite an accomplishment and for a good cause. Looking forward to reading your blog!


Robert, the Reverend said...

Thanks Bob & Mike for the welcome to blogging. I've started, so now let's see how I do at continuing. Should have a new blog posted later today (January 3). A few more "ramblings." Just wish I could get rambling with my scooter beneath me. I'd be out today for at least a coffee if the scooter wasn't still in the shop. Going on 4 months now. :-(

tonyc128 said...

Hey Robert.

Another round of congrats for Jennifer and her success.

Still waiting for the slide show of her trek. ;)