When he was small, my youngest son had a habit of filling his pockets with treasures he encountered in his daily adventures. I didn't always understand the value he saw in his chosen objects -- really, how many rocks and sticks could one boy keep? In his eyes, though, each one was beautiful and important. Life is just like that on a larger scale, isn't it? We gather up the precious bits of our experiences and save them all to learn from and enjoy later. Perhaps you'll find a little something here that you'd like to keep in your own pockets. Thanks for visiting.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Oh my goodness, hello Suzanne!! (a follow-up)

On Sunday I shared here a funny little story about Will's current all-consuming obsession with making intricate Rainbow Loom bracelets.  I explained how Suzanne, the narrator of the official Rainbow Loom online instructional videos, has become as familiar to Will as a real life friend, and that he often talks about her and to her while he sits in front of his laptop screen with his loom and his coloured tiny rubber bands scattered all around him.  After I posted that story here, I decided to send a message with a link to it to Rainbow Loom via their website, thinking that on the off-chance my post actually made its way to Suzanne, it might make her smile when she read it.  I sent it and then didn't really think any more about it.

Two days later, I was sitting in front of my own laptop screen squealing in delight for Will to come and see, because I discovered that my post had indeed made its way to the real, live Suzanne!  She enjoyed hearing about Will so much that she shared the story on the Facebook page for her official Rainbow Loom guide, and she left Will a lovely personal reply here on Pocketfuls, telling him that his bracelets looked awesome and that she was glad he was having fun making them using her videos.  She told him to ask his mom to get in touch with her because she wanted to send him an autographed copy of her book, and she signed her message, "Your friend, Suzanne".   That kind little note made me want to hug Suzanne even more.

Will is completely thrilled that Suzanne of the Rainbow Loom instructional videos wrote to him, and he can't wait to look through his autographed copy of her book.  As his mom, I am so very touched that Suzanne took the time to make a boy she doesn't even know so happy.  Those sorts of little kindnesses are what strengthens my belief that the world is full of thoughtful, lovely people.

Sometimes when I am in a mood of self-doubt, I question why I share my family's stories online for all to see. I wonder sometimes if any of it matters to anyone else but me.   In thinking about this cheerful exchange with Suzanne this week, though, I am reminded of exactly why I do what I do:  it's about building connections with people, and hoping that all of us will find some delight and comfort in realizing what we have in common, even though we may not know one another.  I hope that after she read my post, Suzanne felt good knowing how much our family appreciates what she does.  Her message to Will certainly made me feel glad that I continue to reach out to people.

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