And a Happy Friday to you all, the first Friday of 2017. I’m sure none of you spent your Thursday night like I did, watching the scintillating World Junior Hockey Championship game between Team USA and Canada, won by America in a shootout (Thanks, Obama!). Truly one of the handful of best games in the sport I’ve ever seen. If everyone who hates hockey could be made to watch that overtime, it’d be the biggest sport in North America.
Anyway, I digress. Have three happy stories spanning the entire cycle of life today. First, as a New Yorker this story made me smile so much.
Most people in NYC subway stations are either begging/performing for money, have their heads down in their phones, or leaning over the tracks to see when the next train is coming (I do that a lot).
But meet 11-year-old Ciro Ortiz. He thinks lots of people in his Brooklyn neighborhood, and his friends at school, could use some emotional support now and then.
One day he was watching TV and came up with an idea: He should set up a booth at his Brooklyn subway station and offer to give people advice. For $2.
For two hours every Sunday, Ciro sits and listens to people’s life, work and relationship issues. He makes about $50 per week, and donates that to kids at his school who have trouble paying for snacks and lunch.
“Everyone needs help sometimes,” he says. “You can’t get through life without help.”
Kid’s wise beyond his years. What a wonderful example he is.
**Next up today, this is actually from right after New Year’s last year, but I just saw it this week and loved it. This is a 4-year-old girl talking about New Year’s resolutions, why they work and don’t, and giving advice. It’s hilarious and sweet.
My resolutions this year? Look at my phone less. Read more books (somehow find the time to do that). Don’t go nuts over every stupid thing Trump does. And potty-train my son before he starts preschool next September.
**Finally today, someone on the complete other end of the life spectrum from a 4-year-old. Robert Marchand was born in 1911, three years before the start of World War I.
He just pedaled 14 miles on a bicycle in an hour, setting a world record for oldest person to do such a thing. The Frenchman is 105 years young. 105!
I believe he went to school with Napoleon Bonaparte.
I am not here to be champion. I am here to prove that at 105 years old you can still ride a bike,” Marchand said, per Eurosport.
He’s also had quite the fascinating life, read more about him here.