“Can I help you?”
“Yes,” I said. “I’d like to buy this Gateway netbook” If you know me, that’s not a sentence I thought would ever come out of my mouth. But that’s the whole point of this story. I wasn’t buying it for me, I was buying it for Mary, the first of the girls at St. Monica’s Children’s Home in Kenya to go to college. It is being provided for her by Drew Meyers. Drew is off on new adventures and starting a new company, ESM Exec Designs. And he’s building it with a social conscience. For every custom site he builds, he is donating one laptop to an individual or non-profit organization somewhere in the developing world. Mothers Fighting For Others, and Mary, are the first to benefit from his generosity.
“Do you like this computer,” the salesman asked? “No, but I’ve been to three stores to find a netbook and this is the only one I can find,” I replied. “I’m not picky right now.”
He began to tell me why it was probably not going to be something I wanted. He rattled off issues with it’s speed and processor power, and something about screen size. If I had not been in a hurry, I might have let him finish. But I was only five hours from leaving for Kenya, so I stopped him short. “Listen, I’m leaving for Kenya in five hours and this is for a young Kenyan girl who is going off to college. We received a $300 donation specifically for this. She’s the first girl from our children’s home there to graduate and be accepted to college.”
He paused for a second and said, “Well, that certainly does change your perspective on things, doesn’t it?”
Yes it does. I’m thankful for this 10-inch Gateway LT2805u mini netbook right now. And thankful for Drew. I am quite certain Mary will be too.
I need to look at things from a different perspective more often.