Hello Dear Readers. For the second time this year, I'm going to ask a favor of you.
As many of you know, I was rather down in the dumps yesterday. I'm not quite as depressed today, but the feeling still lingers. There wasn't any one particular thing that happened, but a barrage of little things - not the least of which was witnessing and noticing several acts of human cruelty and selfishness.
So to counteract this, I'm asking nothing more from you than to restore my faith in humanity. (No pressure, right?) In the comments, please leave a personal story about someone acting in a selfless, kind, thoughtful, etc way. I will even tell you a story to start you off:
While in college, I met someone who would quickly become a very good friend of mine, David N. Due to the outrageous amount of homework Mechanical Engineering majors suffer through, we spent a ridiculous amount of time together. Very early in our friendship, I found out that David was also an avid reader in the fantasy and sci-fi genres.
I told him about a book I had read as a kid. All I remembered was there was a girl who rode around in space on the back of a huge butterfly powered by a substance in a butterfly ring. It was the first book that made me realize a writer could create a world of their own. Sure, we all see fantastical movies as children, but there's a certain point when you realize it's not real. At that point, many people sort of move away from fantasy, but - thanks to this book - I didn't.
I had been searching for this book for a while and began to doubt whether I had ever actually read it or not. I was hoping David would recognize it and solve my life-long doubt. However, he said he had never heard of it and we never spoke of it again.
Fast forward to eight months later. It's Christmas time. David gives me a present. I open it to find Heartlight by TA Barron. I quickly realized this is the book from my childhood I had decided was nothing but a dream. It took me a little bit longer to realize how incredibly thoughtful this gift was. David, somehow, tracked down this book based on the sparest of fuzzy details from a two-minute conversation months earlier.
It's a gift I'll never forget.
NOW, it's your turn, Dear Readers! Don't let me down :-)
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