Friday, September 12, 2008


Marolyn recently took me to the Dinner of Champions. At first, I told her I wasn't going to attend and she politely persisted. I am glad she did. I wasn't too sure what the award was for and thought I might get a few McDonalds coupons out of it. Soon thereafter, my brother informed me that it really was a big thing. It was quite the feeling. I don't know what felt better: massive family support, a standing ovation from a bunch of over-dressed old rich people, or all-you-can-eat coconut shrimp.
I can't lie. I wanted to vomit in the moments leading up to the "speech". Marolyn kept asking if I wanted to write things down and I repeatedly refused. If I have things written down, I read the words verbatim and sound like a robot. Not much fun in that. So...why not just "wing it". I had no clue what to say, but when the time came, I sparked mild strokes in the geriactric crowd. It makes me feel good that more than just 12-year-olds appreciate my sense of humor.

Most importantly, it was good to see my grandma laugh. I saw my mom and dad snickering, Marolyn shaking her head, and my sister-in-law was in tears. It was a very accomplishing night. When people stood and kept applauding, my own heart jumped and my sight returned in full for a few moments. I felt young and loved.

I just want to thank everyone who helped make the night so special; my beautiful wife (of course), my brother and his wife, my parents, Harry Kim, my grandmother, my good friends (Derek and Ryan), the "in-Laws", my Uncle Laman, Dan and Loraine, and a perfect stranger (who bought my suit...a special thank you).


Hayley Winslow said...

Hey - Congratulations! You really are an incredible person and teacher and you have a positive influence on so many around you. Thanks for your friendship congrats again!
Mike & Hayley

pfabulouspfun-der said...

I'm in tears again, but not from hysterics. It was a great night for an ok guy :)