Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Be the Change

We're out to dinner last night (a very very rare occurrence): me, Mark, Kira and Aiden (1st mate on the Evans--Kira and I had been sailing earlier). We're all having a great time at the table, talking, laughing, more laughing. Very suddenly, without a word to anyone, Mark gets up and walks out of the restaurant.

The three of us left just looked at each other and tried to figure out what just happened. I had the keys to the locked car, so he wasn't getting something he had forgotten. We just had no idea. A few minutes later, he comes back and just sits down at the table like nothing had happened.

Naturally, we asked him what that was all about. He kind of shrugged and said, "I was holding the doors."

Bewildered, we all just kind of said, "Um...what??"

Just then, a woman went slowly past us, with a gentleman at her elbow, guiding her along. She was maybe in her late 50s or 60s, and was obviously struggling to walk. Mark nodded in her direction and said, "I saw her through the window, so I went to help her with the doors."

Aiden asked why he didn't let the man with her do that and Mark just kind of shrugged again and said, "There were two doors."

Mark's favorite quotation is by Ghandi: "Be the change you want to see in the world."  

He is. mk


Anonymous said...

MK - Be proud; you're doing a great job raising them......!


markira said...

Thanks, Paul! I'm pretty damn proud of them both. :)