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?


Lynda said...

What a great experience. There are such wonderful young people out there, but (unfortunately) we usually hear about the negative exceptions.

I had an opportunity to meet an exceptional 10 year old this weekend, as well. We were having a flea market to raise money for our County animal shelter. This young boy (who has a form of autism) spent the night before the sale bagging cookies for the bake sale and then spent the first day of the sale walking around in the heat, selling cold drinks - all to make money to help the shelter animals. We were all exhausted, but his attitude was so positive that it lifted our spirits.

Lori cimino said...

Thank you for sharing this. It warmed my heart and made me smile.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Lori and Lynda. Indeed there are some wonderful kids out there. A positive attitude sure does lift those surrounding that person--or to paraphrase a quote I heard today, those who bring sunshine to others can't keep it from themselves.

Heather Blake Webber said...

What a wonderful story--I'm smiling! And a wonderful birthday present for you, too.

Aurian said...

What a great kid! I love the fact that my new stepdaughter reads a lot, but I hate the way she reads. She skips lots and then starts rereading and reads other parts. That is no way to really enjoy a book. When reading a comic, she only reads the left page!

Leann Sweeney said...

That's an unusual reader, for sure, Aurian, but at least she's reading!!