Friday 2nd December 2011, Columbia Road, London.
N was doing some work with Mike and had arranged to meet him and Maaike for dinner. I was anxious because I'd stopped drinking and smoking and I was chewing furiously on gum and staring with seething jealously at anyone with a nice cold beer or glass of wine.
Mike and Maaike were late and by the time they arrived I'd got through a tank of tap water and demolished the bread basket. It took me until the main course to really relax and enjoy the conversation, but it was still tough to watch M&M polish off a bottle of Pinot Grigio. Despite all that, they were good company and I like them. I thought of WAL. Why not? I really needed to get on with it because I'd set myself over 70 more to do and I couldn’t quite see where they were all going to come from. I had to take every opportunity, especially when I came across nice people.
I nodded to N that I was going to do it and she smiled back. I felt that familiar mix of nervousness and excitement and I blurted out the proposition to M&M. They were both really taken aback, but immediate agreed to take part. We discussed it for a while longer then went outside to take a few photos. The 50mm lens is difficult to focus in low light but I think I got some ok stuff. N said Mike used to be a model so I did my best to make him look terrible.
Questions & Answers
1. What were your first thoughts and feelings when propositioned with Wearelucky?
Surprise, disbelief, happiness, in that order.
2. What have you decided to do with the money?
We will put it towards our wedding. Now we might be able to get married next summer as initially planned
3. What does 'good' mean to you?
Having a conscious, being aware and making moral decisions based on this. Showing respect to all.
4. Has it changed the way you think about giving?
We have always given when we can, and I think we always will. Sharing is one of the most natural and wonderful things one can aspire to and we are incredibly grateful for this gift.
5. Has Wearelucky inspired you?
Yes it is great to see how one can give and therefore change peoples lives ever so slightly. Wearelucky restored our belief in the goodness of people. London can be quite a self-absorbed place.