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”.
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.
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)
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….
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!
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!