Character: Build It Here
If it weren’t for my friend, Jim, I’d be going through life short a few hundred smiles. He’s that kind of guy. Gives bear hugs that lift you right off the floor. And tells great stories.
Jim married the love of his life, Cathy, about twenty years ago; second marriages for both and a chance to find happiness. They’re a great couple. The love they have for each other radiates. Spend an evening with them and you go home smiling.
When they were first married, Jim had a brand-new BMW. One day, Cathy drove it over to a friend’s house, parked in the driveway, got out and started talking with her friends on the porch. Engrossed in conversation, no one noticed that the car had begun to slowly roll backwards, heading straight for the lake. It wasn’t until they heard the splash of water that their attention turned toward the car as they helplessly watched it sink below the surface. Cathy’s face turned white. “Oh, no!’ she cried, “Jim’s going to kill me!”
She made the phone call to tell him what happened. Her friends poured more wine as they awaited his arrival.
Jim drove up. Got out of his car. Walked right up to Cathy and gave her a big hug, told her how much he loved her, and poured another round of wine while they waited for the tow truck.
A brand new BMW? Replaceable. Taking an opportunity to show Cathy how much he loved her? Priceless.