Everyone, please meet Bob.
Bob was born April 12, 1928 in a small mining town known as Garfield, Utah. Being born right before the Great Depression, Bob remembers the mass poverty that swept across the land. As a young kid, he remembers being hungry all the time and standing in the soup lines where he would get one meager meal a day.
Bob graduated high school in 1946. He married his sweetheart a year later, then began his schooling at the University of Utah. He was going to be an electrician. He never completed that degree due to family responsibilities, work, the Korean War.
Bob worked at a large mining facility in the western Salt Lake valley and was there a long, long time. During that time, he raised four daughters, took many road trips, participated in church, and experienced all the ups and downs this life brings. On a beautiful October morning in 1997, Bob very literally dropped dead in a parking lot.
Bob was/is my dad.
I tell you all this to show that Bob was just an ordinary guy. Lived an ordinary life. Nothing notable happened in his life to set him apart from anyone else. Yet, Bob was an absolute superhero!
We couldn’t go anywhere (and I mean anywhere) with Bob, that he didn’t find someone he knew! It was a challenge to find a place we could take him without him being recognized! We never found it! Wherever we happened to be, someone would come running over to shake dad’s hand and reminisce over whatever memory they shared. Happened. Every. Time. (No, I’m not exaggerating ..)
I often wondered how he knew so many people! Then I realized that Bob was the embodiment of love. He didn’t care who you were, what had happened in your life, what you looked like, what you smelled like! He didn’t care! He loved you anyway and was always there with a handshake, a smile, and an arm to put around you. He remembered people and places and memories. A very ordinary superhero! When he passed away, the church was standing room only. Cars, trucks, work vehicles, you name it. They were all lined up in the parking lot. Filled with people who knew and loved Bob – old and new friends alike. How was he able to capture the hearts of so many? He was just ONE guy, yet he made such a difference in the lives of those he knew!
What I’ve Learned: ONE person has a lot of power to change the world around them. And it doesn’t take much! Even a simple smile can make someone’s day better!
New Goal: BE that ONE person who tries to make the world a better, happier place. Make eye contact. Talk to people. Give hugs. Shake hands. Learn about their lives and their families. Care. Love. Be like Bob.
An ordinary person with an ordinary life can change the world! We all have that ability. Let’s go out and be that positive force for good! Love you all!