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him, and I realized he was just a boy Earlier, out of the corner of my eye, I had noticed he was young But now, looking at him, I saw that he was a childtiny body, sticks for arms, big round eyes He wore a burgundy sweatshirt that was smudged and frayed and ratty burgundy sweatpants to match He had scuffed white sneakers with untied laces, and his fingernails were dirty But his eyes were bright and there was a general sweetness about him He was, I would soon learn, eleven years old He stretched his palm toward me, and he asked again, Excuse me, lady, do you have any spare change I am hungry What I said in response may have surprised him, but it really shocked me If youre hungry, I said, Ill take you to McDonalds and buy you lunch Can I have a cheeseburger he asked Yes, I said How about a Big Mac Thats okay, too How about a Diet Coke Yes, thats okay Well, how about a thick chocolate shake and French fries I told him he could have anything he wanted And then I asked him if I could join him for lunch He thought about it for a second Sure, he finally said We had lunch together that day, at McDonalds And after that, we got together every Monday For the next 150 Mondays His name is Maurice, and he changed my life Why did I stop and go back to Maurice It is easier for me to tell you why I ignored him in the first place I ignored him, very simply, because he wasnt in my schedule You see, I am a woman whose life runs on schedules I make appointments, I fill slots, I micromanage the clock I bounce around from meeting to meeting, ticking things off a list I am not merely punctual I am fifteen minutes early for any and every engagement This is how I live it is who I ambut some things in life do not fit neatly into a schedule Rain, for example On the day I met MauriceSeptember 1, 1986a huge storm swept over the city, and I awoke to darkness and hammering rain It was Labor Day weekend and the summer was slipping away, but I had tickets to the U.S Open tennis tournament that afternoonbox seats, three rows from center court I wasnt a big tennis fan, but I loved having such great seats to me, the tickets were tangible evidence of how successful Id become In 1986 I was thirty five years old and an advertising sales executive for USA Today, and I was very good at what I did, which was building relationships through sheer force of personality Maybe I wasnt exactly where I wanted to be in my lifeafter all, I was still single, and another summer had come and gone without me finding that someone specialbut by any standard I was doing pretty well Taking clients to the Open and sitting courtside for free was just another measure of how far this girl from a working class Long Island town had come But then the rains washed out the day, and by noon the Open had been postponed I puttered around my apartment, tidied up a bit, made some calls, and read the paper until the rain finally let up in mid afternoon I grabbed a sweater and dashed out for a walk I may not have had a destination, but I had a definite purposeto enjoy the fall chill in the air and the peeking sun on my face, to get a little exercise, to say good bye to summer Stopping was never part of the plan And so, when Maurice spoke to me, I just kept going Another thing to remember is that this was New York in the 1980s, a time when vagrants and panhandlers were as common a sight in the city as kids on bikes or moms with strollers The nation was enjoying an economic boom, and on Wall Street new millionaires were minted every day But the flip side was a widening gap between the rich and the poor, and nowhere was this evident than on the streets of New York City Whatever wealth was supposed to trickle down to the middle class did not come close to reaching the citys poorest, most desperate people, and for many of them the only recourse was living on the streets After a while you got used to the sight of themhard, gaunt men and sad, haunted women, wearing rags, camped on corners, sleeping on grates, asking for change It is tough to imagine anyone could see them and not feel deeply moved by their plight Yet they were just so prevalent that most people made an almost subconscious decision to simply look the other wayto, basically, ignore them The problem seemed so vast, so endemic, that stopping to help a single panhandler could feel all but pointless And so we swept past them every day, great waves of us going on with our lives and accepting that there was nothing we could really do to help There had been one homeless man I briefly came to know the winter before I met Maurice His name was Stan, and he lived on the street off Sixth Avenue, not far from my apartment Stan was a stocky guy in his midforties who owned a pair of wool gloves, a navy blue skullcap, old work shoes, and a few other things stuffed into plastic shopping bags, certainly not any of the simple creature comforts we take for granteda warm blanket, for instance, or a winter coat He slept on a subway grate, and the steam from the trains kept him alive One day I asked if hed like a cup of coffee, and he answered that he would, with milk and four sugars, please And it became part of my routine to bring him a cup of coffee on the way to work Id ask Stan how he was doing and Id wish him good luck, until one morning he was gone and the grate was just a grate again, not Stans spot And just like that he vanished from my life, without a hint of what happened to him I felt sad that he was no longer there and I often wondered what became of him, but I went on with my life and over time I stopped thinking about Stan I hate to believe my compassion for him and others like him was a casual thing, but if Im really honest with myself, Id have to say that it was I cared, but I didnt care enough to make a real change in my life to help I was not some heroic do gooder I learned, like most New Yorkers, to tune out the nuisance Then came Maurice I walked past him to the corner, onto Broadway, and, halfway to the other side in the middle of the avenue, just stopped I stood there for a few moments, in front of cars waiting for the light to change, until a horn sounded and startled me I turned around and hustled back to the sidewalk I dont remember thinking about it or even making a conscious decision to turn around I just remember doing it Looking back all these years later, I believe there was a strong, unseen connection that pulled me back to Maurice Its something I call an invisible thread It is, as the old Chinese proverb tells us, something that connects two people who are destined to meet, regardless of time and place and circumstance Some legends call it the red string of fate others, the thread of destiny It is, I believe, what brought Maurice and me to the same stretch of sidewalk in a vast, teeming cityjust two people out of eight million, somehow connected, somehow meant to be friends Look, neither of us is a superhero, nor even especially virtuous When we met we were just two people with complicated pasts and fragile dreams But somehow we found each other, and we became friends And that, you will see, made all the difference for us both.I thought I knew what An Invisible Thread was going to be I thought it would be a simple and hopeful story about a woman who saved a boy I was wrong It s a complex and unswervingly honest story about a woman and a boy who saved each other By its raw honesty and lack of excess sentimentality, it is even inspirational This is a book capable of restoring our faith in each other and in the very idea that maybe everything is going to be okay after all Catherine Ryan Hyde, author of Pay It Forward and Jumpstart the World An Invisible Threada remarkable story, told so beautifully and honestlyshows us what s possible when we are not afraid to connect with another human being and tap into our compassion It is a story about the power each of us has to elevate someone else s life and how our own life is enriched in the process This special book reminds us that damaging cycles can be broken and not to neglect the humanity of the strangers we brush up against every day Chris Gardner, bestselling author of The Pursuit of Happyness and Start Where You Are A straightforward tale of kindness and paying it forward in 1980s New York For readers seeking an uplifting reminder that small gestures matter Kirkus Reviews According to an old Chinese proverb, there s an invisible thread that connects two people who are destined to meet and influence each other s lives As Schroff relates Maurice s story, she tells of her own father s alcoholism and abuse, and readers see how desperately these two need each other in this feel good story about the far reaching benefits of kindness Publishers Weekly An Invisible Thread is like The Blind Side, but instead of football, its food These are two people who were brought together by one simple meal, and it literally changed the course of both of their lives This is a must read you can read it in a day because its impossible to put down If you read it and find it as moving as I did, pay it forward buy a copy and give it to a friend Rachael Ray, host of The Rachael Ray Show This book is a game changer each chapter touches your heart An Invisible Thread is a gift to us all America needs this book now than ever Coach Ron Tunick, national radio show host, The Business of Life An incredible story I would encourage everyone to pick up this book Clayton Morris, host, Fox and Friends If you have a beating heartor if you fear youre suffering a hardening of the emotional arteriesyou really ought to commit to this book at the earliest possible opportunity read this book And pass it on And encourage the next reader to do the same Jesse Kornbluth Huffington Post This is one of the most touching and refreshing and inspiring stories I have read in a long time If you had made this story up, I wouldnt have believed it, but its true We all need something to inspire us, and I promise you, this book will make you want to stand up and do something nice for people What a wonderful and needed story for all of us An Invisible Thread is fantastic Mike Huckabee, Former Governor of Arkansas, Host of Fox News Huckabee Show A single moment of obedience by an ordinary person started a wonderful relationship and a better life for a poor street child Maurice started to dream, because Laura showed him compassion and kindness This is exactly what Jesus is asking his followers to do today in a broken world An Invisible Thread is an example for each and every one of us, not only in South Africa but in every other country This book can and will change the world Dr Johan Smith, Pastor of Moreleta Church in Pretoria, South Africa An Invisible Thread The True Story of an Year Old An Panhandler, a Busy Sales Executive, and Unlikely Meeting with Destiny Laura Schroff, Alex Tresniowski, Valerie Salembier on FREE shipping qualifying offers This inspirational New York Times bestseller chronicles 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