This is going to embarass him greatly, but I have to do this. I owe someone a serious debt of gratitude. Commenter, blogshoot attendee, lifelong friend, and all-around wonderful human being SCI-FI really helped me out recently, and I want to acknowledge and thank him for it.
The NRA's 141st Annual Meeting was arranged well over a year ago. I had booked my hotel before the beginning of the year; I arranged my flights back in January. Imagine my chagrin when - at the end of March - I received an e-mail informing me that the "Daddy Daughter Dance" for Girl Scouts was Friday, April 13th. Which would be rather difficult for me, as I was scheduled to be in St. Louis that day. Usually the Daddy Daughter Dance is the first Friday in April - but this year, that was Good Friday.
I have a sister. My wife has two sisters. Both my father and my father-in-law have mobility issues that would make a two hour dance with a high-energy child a difficult evening. Plus, as BabyGirl G. so delicately stated, "They're *old*!" (Note: We did not pass this along; I don't think that either my dad or my FIL read my blog...). So at the beginning of last week, I had to find my little girl a suitable date for the Daddy Daughter Dance. Her godfather was not available - not that SCI-FI was my second choice, but because her godfather (who is also a lifelong friend and like a brother) happens to work with me.
So with less than a week's notice, I called SCI-FI and asked him if he could be my stand-in at the Daddy Daughter Dance. He accepted without a moment's hesitation, re-arranging his plans for Friday night so that my little girl could go to the dance and have fun. I cannot stress enough how much I appreciate his selflessness and willingness to help a friend out. I was able to attend the NRA convention (Baby Girl G., upon hearing when the Daddy Daughter Dance was, told me, in all seriousness, "Sorry daddy, you can't go to the NRA convention"...) and not worry that I was letting my little girl down.
Because of the kindness of a friend, my little girl had a wonderful time. Rather than have to sit out the dance, or go without an escort, she was able to go with someone she's known her entire life; someone she genuinely likes and is close with her family. I cannot express how much I appreciate SCI-FI's help. It does not surprise me, mind you; SCI-FI is one of those people that will move heaven and earth to help a friend - or even a complete stranger. Saying he'll give you the shirt off your back doesn't begin to cover it; he'll follow up later to find out why you needed a shirt and to see if you need future shirts, too...
A few months ago, on my drive to work, I came across a woman in a disabled SUV who was blocking a line of traffic leading up to a stop light at a busy intersection. As she stood outside the car, calling someone on the phone, I thought to myself, "What would SCI-FI do?", and I peeled off into the nearby parking lot. I talked with her briefly, discovering that her SUV had stalled unexpectedly and couldn't start; she had called someone to come help her and was waiting. I told her I'd push her SUV into the parking lot, got her off the road and out of harm's way, and pushed her the 100 feet or so into the lot, where she parked and waited for her friend. It was that thought - what would SCI-FI do - that compelled me to stop and help rather than drive on by. That's the kind of person he is; that's the kind of effect he has on folks.
So, SCI-FI, I know that if you read this it will embarass you, but I wanted to take a moment and thank you for helping me out of a jam. You're the closest thing I have on this planet to a brother, and I can't think of anyone that Baby Girl G. would have had a better time with (after her daddy, natch). She had a wonderful time; I was able to relax Friday night knowing that she was in good hands; and your kindness turned what could have been a very bad situation into something good. Thank you, so very much, for helping me and Baby Girl G. out.
And I think it's worth noting that he's one of a very select few of people I have approved to dance with my daughter...
That is all.