Thursday, October 02, 2008

Hero of the Day

This is a strange one, but it's true: Richard Simmons

I saw a documentary about an obesity clinic, a facility where the treat the morbidly obese and help them get thin and healthy. Richard Simmons was coming for a visit, and the place got very excited. There cameras, decorations, and a big gathering (like a high school assembly) where they were going to have a big exercise class. Everyone was excited.

They also focused on 1 guy who had previously met Richard and lost a lot of weight. He left the clinic too soon, against Richard's orders, and gained back all the weight. He met Richard in the lobby so he could get those few extra minutes with him. Richard was sad to see he was back but encouraging that he could lose the weight. "Don't you give up! Don't you leave me!"

These are people going through some very difficult problems. Their bodies are working against them. Their minds make it hard to get themselves healthy. Richard Simmons not only makes an effort to support them but (this may sound strange) makes an effort to give them dignity.

He's flamboyant, effeminate, and shameless. But the man is doing something for a group of people that most of us would never speak to or not understand. He's creating a legacy that most of us would be proud of. If only he'd stop wearing those short shorts.

P.S. Joe Biden rules.

1 comment:

Don't Be So Dramatical said...

How fabulous! Why didnt I see this???