Mar 08 2014

Jumping In

Published by at 7:23 am under Country Life,Family,Special Occasions


A beautiful day to jump in with both feet!

I don’t know what you do on a windy Saturday in February, but if you’re my brother Jonathan, you jump into a frigid river as it meets the equally frosty Pacific. Not just for the hell of it, though that would not be surprising (he is, after all, a guy who thoroughly enjoys a cliff rescue and winter camping in the snowy Sierras), but to benefit Special Olympics.

In addition to running into burning buildings and fighting 60 foot high wildfire blazes for no money, Jonathan also works with developmentally challenged adults, so the cause is near and dear to his heart. A couple of his clients were on his team, including Frank, who has helped out at the jobette from time to time, and who now works at a local garden center. He’s also a really good artist. Here’s a card he gave me with his drawing of an owl:

I love owls. And Frank.

The sign welcomed us, flapping in the breeze:

My brother ordered costumes for this year’s Plunge, but they didn’t arrive in time, so they will wear them next year. The outfit of choice seemed to be overalls:

That’s Frank on the far left and my brother in the middle. When I posted this on Facebook, one of my brother’s friends commented, “Is that a redneck Speedo?” 🙂

Just minutes later, they ran into the freezing cold river. My brother actually dunked his head under a couple of times, and he was all smiles when he came out:

I bet his official sweatshirt felt really good:

I’m glad I was there to cheer them on and donate to such a worthy cause. I am so proud of my brother and his team!

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4 responses so far

4 Responses to “Jumping In”

  1. Guyon 08 Mar 2014 at 1:47 pm

    No wonder you’re so proud of your brother, he not only works hard at saving people, he also helps the challenged and not bad of an artist if I may say so, everyones hero, good on in.

  2. suzyon 08 Mar 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Frank is the artist, but thanks! 🙂

  3. Guyon 09 Mar 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Sorry I should have read it again before making a comment.

  4. suzyon 09 Mar 2014 at 5:17 pm

    No worries! 🙂

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