Last spring was the perfect storm. My bestie was diagnosed with invasive lobular carcinoma a few short weeks after her husband started a new job and just prior to one of her daycare providers retiring before the school year was out. Following her surgery on May 25, I took time off to help where I could.
As the kiddos are her number one priority, they became mine too. If you’ve been following our journey, you’ll know that I am not a morning person. Not.At.All. I never have been. My need for sleep is so bad that my bestie warned my husband at our wedding (in case he hadn’t figured it out 5 years later) not to wake the sleeping bear.
So what does this have to do with kiddos? For weeks I set my needs aside. I
woke errr dragged my ass out of bed before 6:00 am and got dressed put on a hoodie over my PJs and drove to her house.
In a way it was like moving to a new neighbourhood. Small talk with the new neighbours, getting to know each other. Learning everyone’s quirks and who to go to for what. One of the neighbours I met was Ron. We would sometimes be at the bus stop with the kiddos together. At the time I just knew him as “Ron who drove the Kunstadt van.”
Fast forward six months. I’m in Kunstadt Sports looking for a balaclava when I run into “Ron who drove the Kunstadt van”. And then it hits me: this is Ron Kunstadt who owns Kunstadt Sports. Oh sweet geezus – that was the blond moment of day year!
Needless to say Ron and I caught up. He doesn’t live on the street anymore so I updated him on Dani’s progress. All of a sudden it got busy in the store, I found what I was looking for and headed out.
A couple of weeks later I was back in the store looking for new skis. Wha?!? Just because I bought new skis in December doesn’t mean I couldn’t look! It’s one of those stores that you keep going back to because a) the staff are amazing and b) they provide consistently fantastic service.
I was first taken care of by Steve who learned about my ski style and suggested demoing a pair of Elans. Next I saw Al who got me fitted. I was off to the hill.
Best.Decision.Eva! After my first run in my Elan Amphibio Insomnias, I was in love. Like heart breaking love. I skied like I did twenty years ago – hard and fast. Adrenaline pumping. Couldn’t get enough.
Alas, they were only demos and not really mine. At the end of the day I had to give them back. I email & tweet +Kunstadt Sports and let them know how rad the skis were.
It’s not long before I heard from them: let’s make a deal! Eeek!! Were they for real? They were willing to sell me the demos?? I was so excited. But…roadblock: convincing hubs that I NEEDED new skis.
After a bit of negotiating and eyelash batting, deal.sealed.
When I picked up my new skis “Ron who drove the Kunstadt van” was there. We chatted and chatted and chatted some more. Mainly about my bestie’s journey. Cancer does that; it brings people together. It unites people.
So thank you Kunstadt – not just for the skis and amazing service but for being a part of this crazy journey with me. It’s warming to know that you’re in my corner; our corner. You care about your customers. Welcome to my extended Big C family.