I volunteer with the Special Olympics of Allen County pretty regularly. I have found that my athletes bring me so much joy. One in particular is K-Man. K-Man is a great guy…he’s middle aged, sweet as pie, and was one of my favorite athletes to assist during bowling season. He just cracked me up!
Our routine was as follows (once he stepped in the door of course!):
-Help him put on his bowling shoes
-Get him set up on his lane (placing his ball on the ball rack was included in this task)
-Then helping him step down to the lane (even though he was perfectly capable of doing it himself) and watching him bowl.
I got to be his cheerleader. That was pretty spectacular. He would always ask if he was going to make 100…or if he was half way…always. Then, he would throw in there “you goweeng to get my boweeng scorr wight?”…to which I would reply…”yes I will help you get your bowling score…but at the end!”….”ok!” He would always have this big grin on his face and give me these big hugs.
One day he noticed my ring that I wear on my left hand…it wasn’t on my ring finger. Then that’s where the humor came in…”Arrr you maweed?”, “No (slight chuckle) I’m not married”, “Will you marwee me?”….slight pause….”Someday K-Man, someday.” He gave me this HUGE hug and just said were getting marweed! He gave me the biggest kick that day.
What a precious give of grace and perspective. These athletes–I just cannot explain or express what gifts they have given me! They are such dolls. I encourage you to hang out with them sometime. They will truly change your life!
You will never guess how my morning started. I got out of the house early and wouldn’t you know there was a TON of traffic. I did however make it to work in record time though. There was a car trying to pull a U-turn on the highway ramp this morning and actually that was pretty funny…out of no where and up over the grass and median…and the best part?? No not that they actually did a (pretty sure it’s an illegal action…) U-turn. No it was not actually that they were from Illinois. It was the fact that they did it in a HUGE Dodge Caravan! Soccer mom missed her turn! LOOK OUT!
Today has been a fabulous day aside from having to send an email that took me an hour to compose. At 8AM mind you!!! Then do you ever just feel so drained that you don’t want to do a thing after it? Well I am pressing a long just fine. I went on a date last night and that was fun. We had a scary connection. It was cool though.
Last night, I watched “It’s Complicated” for the first time and it was so good. I laughed so hard. What a great complement to such an already wonderful Monday. Then I got a ring in the mail, from….well you might remember him from an earlier post….? This is only something that would happen to a CatMan…THE ITALIAN PIMP! Stupid business card…he found me. I received this 2 Rose ring…which you know is just right up my ally 😉 I took a picture so you could see:
OK isn't this beautiful? What a great gift...FROM A STALKER!
Oh well, I took the ring out of the package and there was a note attached. This note was probably one of the most sincerely cute/creepy thing I have ever seen in my life! It read: “CatMan, I want you. I want you to know that I want you and I want you to want me to want you…take this ring for now! Fino alla prossima volta il mio dolce bella rosa!” The Italian translates to: ‘until next time my sweet beautiful rose!’ How beautiful is that??? Well…it might have come from a guy that may or may not want to pimp me out but, flattering none the less. It might be pretty spectacular that I got a gift and nice note but, I am sticking to my guns!
So I sit with my double rose ring on a happy camper. 🙂 Life is good! Have a great day!