Betty feels as though she can’t continue writing without having a little fun.
So I ask?
This little question became a running joke on day one of our journey to Haiti. Starting in the airport where oddly enough it appeared as though random people recognized Mr. Brent Watney, the elder statesman of our group. Walking through various terminal areas you could always find Brent talking with someone, waving at a stranger or just stopping for a second to say hello. He is a very personable man who makes it apparent right from the beginning that life should not just be experienced but actually “lived”.
So with a lead in like that I ask once again; do you know Brent Watney?
Here is what I learned along the way about this man we fondly referred to as our “International man of mystery”!
He has a wonderful way of placing an anecdote guaranteed to make you smile into any situation.
He loves sports and can discuss any sport in detail at any time with passion.
His brother is in the college coaching hall of fame! (I know cool huh?)
While in college he realized that hitting thousands of golf balls to participate on a team was just not as much fun as playing on the weekend, drinking a few beers with your buddies. (I totally agree)
Brent’s son is PGA pro golfer Nick Watney, whom he is incredibly proud of and loves very much!
Sterilizing medical equipment is dangerous business and should only be done by trained professionals wearing dishwashing gloves in 96 degree heat while standing on the landing of a staircase! Seriously it goes without saying!
Swimming over a green seaweed like material is not nearly as bad as walking through garbage left on a beach of pristine white sand.
When asked where he was swimming too after jumping from our dingy one afternoon he simply looked towards the open ocean and replied: the mainland’s that way yes? And continued to swim….
When someone with broken English and a thick Creole accent points at you and says: James Bond? You simply smile and in your best Sean Connery respond: why yes? Then smile back sheepishly.
When someone with broken English and a thick Creole accent points at you and says: James Bond? You don your best Daniel Craig imitation; smile and rise slowly out of the ocean for all to cherish.
Knows how to pratfall for nothing more than the joyous giggles of Haitian children.
Enjoys a good book and an even better flashlight that will last through the tremors being attacked by thousands of bugs can bring!
Is the only man I have ever met who can walk away mid-sentence and leave you laughing because you have no idea what just transpired?
After rooming and working alongside this man for ten days, I found myself in awe of his personality, attitude and feelings towards life.
He is truly one of a kind and I thank him for allowing me the opportunity to make his acquaintance.
So I ask you, do you know Brent Watney?
Proud to say that I do!
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I know him. I cherished him on our journey. Aside from the fact that his work ethic is so strong, he knows when you just need to laugh. Some days I would look to him to keep me secure and keep me from cracking. This was daily. He broke the ice with the children, allowing them to trust us. Above all of this – he (you, Brent Watney) provided my baby, Preston with guidance, security and a sense of love that he has lacked his life from a father figure. James, you also provided this and I am forever grateful to both of you. And who in this world, besides Brent, would think to recite bible verses to my teenage son to distract him and comfort him during our most dangerous portion of our trip? I love him!