Child-like enthusiasm


I always told my kids that I would love them no matter what, but I really hoped that they would also turn out to be people I could like. When you really like someone, it is usually because they have personality traits that you enjoy. David had that in spades. He was always fun to be around, and I guess I never spent a lot of time analyzing why.

One of the reasons why, sort of snuck up on me this week. I’m traveling for work with a colleague, Jacob. We’ve definitely spent some “quality time” together this week, and last night at dinner I had an “ah ha” moment. Jacob has this wonderful, youthful enthusiasm and appreciation that is fun to be around. He was expressing his appreciation of the restaurant and its owner, and the way he did it reminded me so strongly of David that I had to stop for a moment.

It was a simple thing that had happened. We were the last customers at this locally owned pizza shop, Nick & Willy’s, and the owner stopped cleaning to thank us. We talked for a minute, told him we liked his place and his food, and left. People have encounters like that every day. But I was impressed with the owner, and so was Jacob. But Jacob expressed it in such a way that it made the whole experience more fun. David did that. He took ordinary things and made them extraordinary. Better yet, he took ordinary people and made them feel like rock stars. That is a really special gift.

As you go through your day today, try to find something you can enthusiastically appreciate. And show it. You’ll make someone’s day.

Christmas Parade


Last night was the Christmas Parade in Fredericksburg, VA. It’s a big deal in a small town, and Spotless Mind was excited to be invited to walk with a local business’ entry. (A big thanks to Brandonbilt Foundations and Concrete Construction!)

The kids were excited to participate, but also kind of bummed that they weren’t allowed to throw out candy or anything like that. They made their banners and did their planning, and somewhere along the way, they decided to wear their “Hug Like David” t-shirts. I’m not sure if this next part was a conscious decision or if it happened spontaneously, but when the parade started, our “Hug Like David” kids started hugging people along the route.

I’m told that the crowd started looking for our group to get a hug. They said it was amazing and that it really felt like Christmas with all that love.

I wish I had been there to see it first hand, but I wasn’t. Neither was Catherine, the Spotless Mind president from last year. And that, to me, is a pretty big deal. That this group decided to stay a group and continue doing this work in memory of David and in honor of those still in the fight.

I hope each of you get the chance to “Hug Like David” today.