Sunday morning, getting ready and I usually listen to Garry Richardson on Sportsweek. (I considered saying that Sunday mornings are spent in prayer and prep but I listen to Garry Richardson on Sportsweek – do you want the truth or not? ) This week he was paying tribute to his friend – Gerald Williams the tennis commentator who had died that week. Richardson told the story of how, when he was starting out as a commentator, Williams gave up his own trip to America to give Richardson his first chance. Billie Jean King shared about how when she was a seventeen year old visiting Wimbledon for the first time, Williams sneaked her on to Centre Court for a clandestine first look. Henry Winter, the sports journalist spoke of his legendary generosity of spirit. All of them spoke of the same thing – his kindness. In fact Garry Richardson was so overcome when speaking about his friend, he lost it for a few brief moments and struggled to carry on. This is highly unusual for this battle-hardened sports reporter and I was quite startled for a second.
Gerald Williams was also a Christian – Billie Jean called it being “very religious” and his Christianity informed everything he did. He wasn’t soft – just generous and thoughtful. I just think that that would be such a terrific legacy – to be remembered for your amazing kindness. It’s a challenge that left me quite emotional to be honest.
Anyway just to finish with a photo of Aged Parent celebrating her birthday on Sunday. We booked a meal in a nice place but she wanted to go to the local Wetherspoons because she got to go into the charity shops on the Barbican, thus ensuring the perfect day – shopping followed by a fish and chip dinner. Do not bother me with your namby pamby meals – it is my birthday and I am going to boogie.
Happy Birthday AP!