In mid-December, a week before Robb died, he traveled to Dalls to attend a national training convention for the specialists in his field of leadership development.
He gave a coaching presentation including this video of Johnny the Bagger, and he encouraged the employees to 'leave their thumbprint of excellence' on everything they do.
They were impressed. (So am I.)
He was awarded "WOW Points" on the spot, a corporate bonus system allowing him the cash equivalent of $400.
He returned to his seat, and he said to his fellow trainer and good friend, "Sweet. I can get my wife and kids one more gift for Christmas."
(We were his first thought. Sweet. I can give more to them.)
I still remember his text from the airport: "Great trip, babe. On my way home, and I have big news for you. I love you."
With his bonus, he ordered a Wii for our family. He ordered it on December 21, and he said, "Okay, baby girl. Ordered. It takes 2-3 weeks to arrive, so keep an eye on the mailbox. Coming your way, babe. Watch for it."
Coming your way. Watch for it.
He died two days later.
The Wii arrived two weeks later.
"I can give my wife and kids one more gift," he said.
What a man you were, Robb Williford.