19 January, 2014 smile
We were just walking around at the Y and a person walked up to us and said that right out of the blue. You can see why he said it.
My blog says it’s about “people unlike anyone else” but I don’t often take the opportunity to introduce anyone. Allow me to introduce my old and dear friend KD. He is unlike anyone else:
We swim at the Y every Friday:
That is an enlightened smile if ever there was one. KD’s Dad introduced us when we were much younger:
We’re not so young anymore:
We first met in 2000, when KD was eleven. He’ll be twenty-five this summer. This was KD helping me put gas in my car when he was thirteen. He helped me put gas in my car the day before yesterday; he was this happy or happier:
In 2000 KD went to R.C. Longan Elementary in Richmond’s West End. In 2011 he graduated from The Faison School near Willow Lawn. Did you smile like this at your graduation? I smiled, but it wasn’t like this:
We worked for a few years at the Positive Vibe Cafe. We cleaned tables and swept and vacuumed and took out the trash and the recycling and cleaned the restrooms, you name it. I wish I had pictures from back then but oh well. If you’ve never tried Positive Vibe, you owe it to yourself. The food is top-notch, the service is second to none and I promise you’ll leave with a greater appreciation of fine dining than you had when you arrived. That place is a treasure.
KD has a lot of favorite things. Listed in no particular order he likes: swimming, 5 Guys, riding in the car, listening to Paul Simon, putting gas in the car, Starbucks, Bubba’s Barber Shop, Pony Pasture, hiking, most music, the list is endless.
He loves to get his hair cut at Bubba’s:
I’ve spent lots and lots of time with this guy. We’ve been together fourteen years, that’s a long time. I probably have a hundred great pictures of him. This blog is three years old and I’ve done over a hundred posts and normally I have some goal or idea of how to wrap up. This one I don’t. Just to say that, in fourteen years, in a zillion hours together, I have never heard him judge anyone. He’s never said an unkind word. He’s never complained in some situations where, believe me, I complain. He’s not fabulously wealthy, he’s strictly middle class like most of us, but everywhere he goes, people are happy to see him. Without fail. I’ve got a lot of education and I’ve been a lot of places. But I still have a lot to learn from him. I can hardly wait to see him next week!