September 12, 2011

My Wife Rings a Bell (Kind of)

This morning on Wall Street was like most Monday mornings, except for one thing, my wife.  It's not everyday that you get invited to the floor of the stock exchange, but on this day that was the case.  Now my wife is successful - which allows me to do what I do, write a critically acclaimed blog read by millions every day.  OK that was a little bit of a stretch, but she works and I take care of the kids.  She wasn't on Wall Street representing business or kicking off the next great IPO, she was there for something else, charity.  

Jenn on Stock Exchange floor
My wife doesn't have much time to do anything but work and come home and spend a limited amount of time with her family.  It can be tough on her and us.  She would like to be doing so much more, that's just the way she is, if there were 25 hours in a day, she would probably try to be on the go for 26.  It's part of what makes her successful.  But it doesn't give her much time to do what she loves, giving back.

She was approached at work recently to donate time, money, whatever she could to an organization called Action America.  Now they are one of many charities dedicated turning the unfortunate events of 9/11, into a positive movement.  It's made up of corporations, individuals, and non-profits all committed to honoring those affected by the attacks and unifying the country through positive action.  So when she was asked at work to help out, my wife jumped at the chance.

Which brings us to this morning.

Action America was asked to ring the opening bell on Wall Street, and my wife got invited to attend.  Now unfortunately she didn't get to actually ring the bell, that honor went to Kevin Connolly from Entourage, who is kind of acting as the celebrity spokesperson.  I am thinking my wife should have done the honor, she is much better looking than the actor, but I understand they need star power for these events. 

The important thing here is that this was all done for a good cause.  I am in no way implying that you need to donate your time or money to this particular charity, just if you have the time or ability donate to any, please do.  There are a million different causes all looking for help, and the more people that get involved the better.  Let's make this a better place for the people that matter most to us, our kids.

John Willey - Daddy's in Charge?



  1. As if there was any doubt before, this clinches it: your wife is sooo much cooler than you.

  2. That is so cool!

    And yes, she is way cooler than you are. But we still love you in spite of it.


  3. First her face on massive screens across the country, now this...DKL and Non-Stop Mom are right: it's cool and she's way cooler than you. But I bet she can't produce a killer Lego movie the way you can, so it all works out.

    Always good to remind people to give a little.

    Speaking of which, I was wondering if you've heard of the Foundation for a More Financially Sustainable I've Become My Parents. FMFSIBMP is a great cause to consider...just sayin'.

  4. There is a certain thing called advertising... I noticed some space available on your website. You could possibly give Playboy or nintendo a call. I hope it works out.

    Always important to Remember those in less fortunate circumstances than you, no matter what your circumstances might be.

  5. Thank you Johnny for your lovely post, and all the posters for your kind, but inaccurate compliments. I am, in fact, the furthest thing from cool. (If I ever get a ton of newfound self-confidence, I will share a photo of me in 4th grade, complete with mullet, blue eyeliner and buck teeth. Or 5th grade. Or 6th. Or 7th...)

    While I am not cool, I AM lucky. My parents taught me that anything is possible. They also taught me to give back to those less fortunate. I find it's always the best reminder again of just how lucky I am.