Over the Edge Scott halfway

Don’t Fall!

On Saturday, Scott went over the edge. That’s not a metaphor. Every year Special Olympics in Virginia hosts a fundraiser where volunteers rappel down the side of the SunTrust building in downtown Richmond. Scott, who is afraid of heights, raised $1500 this year for Over the Edge in honor of his patients and kids who conquer their fears every day.

I was very proud and pretty shocked at how nervous I was for him. Logically, I knew the ropes were safe and he would be fine, but I also thought: How traumatizing would it be for the kids to see him plummet to his death? I didn’t really breath or talk much until he showed up at the top of the building and ended up on the sidewalk twelve minutes later in a nice orderly fashion.

Over the Edge Scott at top
That little tiny dot at the top is Scott so maybe being anxious isn’t too ridiculous.
Over the Edge Scott at near top
My kids were cheering so loud more people were watching them than Scott.
Over the Edge Scott halfway
At this point in his video, Scott says, “I hear you, E!” as his shaking subsides a bit.
Over the Edge Cheering for Scott
Fist of triumph raised!
Over the Edge Scott
Close up of badassery

When Scott got to the bottom, he was asked by the MC, “How was it?”

While most people say GREAT! or I can’t wait to do it again!, Scott replied, “Terrifying.”

Sometimes walking through a fear doesn’t make it go away. It makes us realize we have the courage to do something despite being afraid.

Over the Edge Family pride
Safe and sound!

And 12 hours later, Scott left for Haiti. He’s seeing 450+ children and their families with a small group of doctors and a dentist in an area so remote, it’s not on the map. I’m 75% sure he’s in central Haiti. At least that’s where I’ll start looking if something goes wrong.

PS. Thanks to all of our friends and family who donated. There is also a video of Scott going down that I uploaded to YouTube since it was too big for my site to host. He curses twice (which is why we won’t be playing it at the kids’ show and tells, why I had to explain what “shit” means, and why I had to add that we can’t teach this new information to our friends). You can watch the video below or on YouTube.

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Just Stop Sleeping And Help Some People Out

Me: ‘Do you want to watch another episode?’

Scott: ‘No, I can’t.’

Me: ‘This is why I hate watch TV shows with you.’

Scott: ‘Because I sleep?’

Me: ‘Yeah.’

When we’re not sleeping or watching TV, my family likes to help others just as we’ve been helped. We give to charities and people throughout the year, but during the holidays, I think money struggles and the “have and have-nots” feel more stark so we reach out through Late Enough to offer support. In the past, we’ve helped pay for an unexpected car bill or Christmas presents for kid who have gone without in the past.

I also like to not take myself too seriously.

Email me at alex{at}lateenough{dot}com or leave a comment below, and let me know what’s up. We’ll work something out because you aren’t alone even if no one will watch TV with you. (Okay, that was a terrible tie in, but I AM on very little sleep.)

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