Today started much like any other day. Got up, got dressed, dragged myself to work for what I expected was going to be a rough day. You see, we were getting called into a meeting with the Big Boss, presumably for a beat down. Not a great start to the day, you know? But before this super-fun meeting began, my friend and coworker Chris came in with a small box saying it was for me. I was very confused. Had I ordered something and forgot? Did some business send me a catalog in a box? The expensive catalogs always come in a box of some sort. No, he said, this is something I got for you. Me? I opened this box and inside was another box. Chris said he and Sandy (his wife) purchased several of these special gifts to give to friends.
Chris and his wife Sandy are some of the best people I know. They have been married for years and have 5 kids, 4 of which I watched grow over the last 7 years, much like my own son. They are both wicked-smart gen-u-ine New Yorkers. Chris is a funny, witty, sometimes cynical, sarcastic smart a$$ and I love him. We’re like un-related siblings. Get the two of us together and you never know what will happen. We both call it like we see it, for better or worse, and are forever getting in trouble for it a work. I’m sure the boss loves us both, deep down inside.
Inside this second box was a chalice, a goblet really. The box was white with a chalice cutout and a red and gold Stella Artois scrolled label. So what makes this chalice so special? It is part of the Buy a Lady a Drink campaign. I’m sure you’ve seen the commercials. In partnership with water.org, Stella Artois is donating money from the sales of these three chalices, all with different countries (India, Ethiopia, & Honduras) highlighted in the art on the chalice. The goal? To help women in under-developed countries. One chalice equals 5 years of clean water for one person.
Of course I had to look into this campaign further. According to their website, approximately 750 million people worldwide live without clean water. We take much for granted here in the US, including clean water. The thought of having to walk hours each week with buckets and other vessels to fetch water and bring it back to the house for cooking, laundry, or bathing seems daunting. Here in the US we would have a conniption if we turned on a faucet and there is no clean tap water flowing freely to make our morning coffee or to take a hot shower. Think about the stress a power outage causes when we have no power and no water. No water or dirty water is a reality in many countries globally every single day. The website notes that women walk a combined 200 million hours a day collecting water. A DAY! This figure is astronomical. Women are the primary water collectors in their family or village across the world. Think of what they could do with the hours saved from not having to fetch water! The implications are enormous. This partnership strives to “help stop these journeys, so women can start new ones of their own.” What could be more inspirational or amazing? Not much in my opinion. This was an unexpected, thoughtful, and inspirational gift. Chris said he thought of me, because he knew I was interested in issues like this and he knew I liked to drink wine sometimes. Anyone want to buy a lady a drink?