Clinic Blog: 2012 Mexico Clinic Blog
November 16, 2012
Here's a fantastic story by one of our leaders, Jamie Fenton:
In February of this year, I lost someone very dear to me - my wife's grandfather - Pa Jack. He was 92 years old, and up to the day that he took sick he lived on his own, cooked & cleaned for himself, did Sudoku every day, and he was always doing his crosswords. He still drove to sing with his Church Choir every Sunday - all in all an amazing man with lots & lots of fascinating stories. Before I came to Mexico, my wife managed to get both of Pa Jack's reading and distance glasses for me, and needless to say that they were the first things on my packing list!
I was having lunch on Friday when I got a call to say that an elderly gentleman had come through clinic who matched Pa Jack's prescription for distance glasses. It took me totally by surprise and as I was fitting the glasses to the new recipient, all I could see was Jack in front of me and it was a fresh reminder of what a great man he was. I will admit that I kinda lost it a bit as I dispensed the glasses, well I actually lost it a lot, but it was an amazing moment in my life. Later that day, I got a call to say that another man called Pedro Pablo had come through clinic matching Jack's reading script. Instantly I developed a bond with Pedro Pablo, and with the help of our translator Anna Sofia, I explained the history of the glasses and explained how much it meant to me to pass on Jack's glasses to him. He welled up, as did I, and he explained that he was honored to receive this "Gift of Love" and that knowing the history behind the glasses, he would take extra care of the glasses. He hugged me for several minutes, and ironically we probably said more between us without our translator than we did with our translator. I think it was a moment in my life that neither Pedro Pablo nor I will ever forget. I think it's testament to the kind of man that Jack was that he is still making a difference to people's lives even after he has passed away.