I guess when you wear an obnoxiously loud piece of jewelery to a down-home Southern cookout you need to be prepared to get some heat for it. Oh, and I changed into flip-flops before the cookout... can you even IMAGINE the flack I would get for these shoes? Holy shit.
What I have not mentioned already, is that this cookout was actually a field day for a local children's home (and orphanage to put it plainly). We grilled out with a ton of kids while they ate, played, fished, went out on the boat to tube, etc. It was amazing. My manfriend's mentor (also a dentist) got into a relationship with the children's home about 2 years ago.
It was the end of the year. He walked into the little dentist room thingy where a 9 year old girl was sitting after her hygiene check. He introduced himself to the little girl in the chair, and asked her the same question he had asked to every kid for the last few weeks. "So... what do you want Santa to bring you for Christmas?" "A family," she says. He said, "I'm sorry, what was that, Honey"? She says... "a family". "I want a family for Christmas; I don't have one". Did your stomach just drop? Mine did. I teared up when he told me that story and I'm doing it now, again, and I write this. (What the hell is wrong with me lately?) Anyway... I think we go through life hoping to make a significant, lasting, positive influence somewhere to someone and I just thought it was AWESOME that this guy didn't let that moment pass. He buys Christmas presents for ALL of the kids off of lists that they make for him, hosts days on the lake, and takes care of all of the dentistry for the orphanage. Pretty effin' awesome, right? I was really inspired, so I thought I'd share.