Since I can remember the sky has been my favorite piece of artwork. I use to spend hours just staring at it as it changed. It's what lead me to be a meteorologist and then a landscape photographer.
When I met my husband, I ended up with some bonus relationships. His family is awesome. And his dad shared my hobby of photography. He use to love sharing his photographs with us. We'd pop them up on television screens in their house, our house and even on the TVs on our family vacations.
When I started adding items to my favorite bookcase. I new I wanted some older cameras. Mike mentioned it to his dad. The next day he brought over two of his cameras. He was the most generous human you'd ever meet. And it steams from his family. You see he's Jewish on his father's side and in learning more about his faith, David was very interested in the ideas around charitable giving. And he was a natural, had been all his life. As a teacher he would take trashed computers, laptops, etc. that others thought had no life left in them, he'd soup them up with more RAM, new batteries, new cords, whatever was needed to bring them back to life. And he'd give them away to his students. His school was in an underserved population and the computers were a great leg up in access to technology.
So its from him that I have received this awesome gift!
Charitable giving was first articulated by Moses Ben Maimon, a 12th-century intellectual who was born in Spain and later resided in Morocco and Egypt.
Known as Maimonides or Rambam, he created a metaphor of an eight-rung ladder that donors can ascend to get closer to heaven. At the lowest level, donors give grudgingly. At the highest, they help people in need become self-sustaining. Thank you David for your daily generosity and your loving spirit. I know that you did not give to ascend this ladder but found it interesting all the same. We love and miss your beautiful spirit!