Your stories are always the best. The shows bring us together like nothing else in life ever will. You live in Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch, Hamilton.... I live in Foxton. You are going to finance school, work as a nurse, retired 20 years ago, a marketing supervisor.... I'm promoting SoftSlam. We have nothing in common that would have brought us together to share our stories if we hadn't both been at the same show on the same day talking about the same thing.
Your stories are the best. They can also be the most heart breaking. Or the funniest. Or shocking. Or inspiring.
Your beautiful house with your custom lead light window down in Wellington. The wind caught it years ago and busted the custom glass. $1500 later, it was worth it. You loved that window. Now, retired, living on the benefit, enjoying the memories of the children and grandchildren who loved that window, walked through that door, played in that hallway, the wind does it again. This time, you are forced to give up that beautiful door with the custom made glass because the money just isn't there for a second repair. I wish we had met before it happened the second time. Memories are worth the cost of a SoftSlam.
You will never forget the day that your 1 1/2 year old daughter was too close to the door when the wind blew it closed. She screamed. She cried. You held it together. You picked her up and the finger too. Put it on ice and got her to emergency. They were able to reattach the finger but she has no feeling in it now. It looks pretty okay so that's something. I wish we had met before it happened. We could have spared you both that memory.
You learned the hard way. Don't rest your hand near the hinge side of the door. It was just the tip of the finger. You made it 65 years without. You can only imagine what life would have been like if your fingers were like everyone else's for all these years. But now, you are thinking of your grandkids. For the cost of a SoftSlam, you have chosen to protect them. It may seem like a small thing but they know how much you care and that is a big thing.
Thank you for your stories.