Yesterday, I had one last day with my son, Jeremy, before he and the Up With People tour headed off to Japan and Europe.
Our agenda, as any parents would undoubtedly guess, was to shop. You know, for exciting stuff like underwear and toothpaste. And a laptop, so he can make a road-habit of sending email, uploading pictures and (although he didn’t say it) logging on to MySpace–the neighborhood hangout of his generation.
But I had something to do, too. We started the day by having breakfast with Phil Gerbyshak, author of Make It Great–the book and the blog–and self-described Relationship Geek, who, we discovered, is a veritable pulsar of energy, buoyancy, intelligence and generosity of spirit. Spirit and time, as it turns out.
Phil offered to be our tour guide, to navigate us through the shopping jungles of Waukesha county, Wisconsin, and we accepted. So we hung out with Phil, and he had the exceptional and glorious honor of spending the better part of his day watching Jeremy shop for socks and boxers.
In other words, the man’s a prince.
Thanks, Phil, for your help and friendship.