Jul 7, 2008
Normally I don't talk about things that involve other people, but
this weekend I attended a great event. I went to a family reunion
with the Nurse. I had a phenomenal time.
First thing first this family takes the time once a year to get
together and catch up. How cool is that? In a day when many people
don't get along with their families, this one takes time to come
from all over the place to get together.
The nurses Mom has an awesome laugh, and she never stopped. It was
I met an Uncle who is 92, and his legs didn't work very well, and
he used a Walker. Was he grumpy? Not at all. He had a smile on his
face the entire day. When he got up to leave (getting up was a bit
of a struggle) did he complain? Not one word. He loves life. He
loves his family.
I also met an Uncle who had come in from California. Here was the
interesting thing about this guy. He takes family ties very
seriously. It sound like he would hunt down a 2nd cousin through
marriage twice removed just to say hi. He also was a musician so
obviously we started geeking out on music. But the thing that
really got me, is how friendly this guy was. And I'm not talking
about the plastic kind you get at business parties. When I left, he
shook my hand, and I got the felling that if I said “Hey I'm going
to be in California for 2 days, can I crash at your crib”; after
knowing me for 4 hours he'd would not only say yes, but roll out
the red carpet.
I remember when I used to teach customer service classes I would
explain to people to greet your customers like an old high school
buddy that you hadn't seen in years, and this guy had it down, and
the key point here is it was genuine.
I guess in a world of spoiled rich athletes, crooked politicians,
greed, etc It's kind of hard to find someone to say “When I grow I
wanna be like him,” but after going to this picnic I want to be
like these guys.