Sunday, June 3, 2012

A Special 2,000th Facebook Friend

by Leann

This past week I mentioned I wanted my 2,000th Facebook friend as a birthday gift. Little did I know he would be ten-years-old--and one of the most charming ten-year-olds I have ever met.

My daughter is in town because her best friend from high school was having her engagement party. Since her best friend spent half her time at our house when the girls were growing up, I went to the engagement party, too. And met her nephew. It is a rare thing when an adult is sitting alone eating at a barbeque and the person who joins them is a young boy. Yet that is exactly what happened.

I could tell this was a special kid after just a few sentences and it wasn't long before I said, "I'll bet you like to read." His eyes lit up, his smile got big and he agreed enthusiastically with my assessment. Not long after I told him that I wrote books. What a great moment to see how excited he was. Fortunately, I always have books in my car. I learned immediately he was indeed an avid reader when we were walking out to my car and I suggested he'd probably like the second book in the series (that has a little more science in it) than the first one and he replied, "I'd prefer to start with the first in the series. That's how I read things." Snap!

He so grabbed my heart that he got the first two books in the series, signed of course. He wanted to talk to me all afternoon and was asking me things like, "How do you get your ideas to write a mystery?" Meeting him was an unexpectedly wonderful birthday gift. But I have to say, when he found out I had met Rick Riordan in person, that Rick was my friend and blurbed my first book, his excitement rose to new levels.

Never in my dreams did I believe I would meet my 2,000th Facebook friend IN PERSON and he would so very special! (Yes, his request was waiting for me when I got home from the party.)

Anything unexpectedly wonderful happen to you lately?