And a Happy Friday to all of you out there. It’s September, which means school’s back soon, my little guy’s birthday is soon (already feeling sad and happy about our little guy turning 3 in 10 days!) and all kinds of other autumn excitement. The devastation of Hurricane Harvey continues to batter the people of Houston, but if you want a little pick-me-up about the disaster, click here and read 11 stories of hope and resilience from Houston.
We start Good News Friday with a sweet little story of a police officer and a nonogenarian, sharing a nice moment. Millie Seiver lives in Austin, Minn., and the 92-year-old loves to dance in the parking lot of her apartment complex.
One day Officer Kim Lenz was on patrol and saw Seiver boogieing to the country song by Brothers Osborne, “Stay a Little Longer.”
So Lenz did what I would’ve done: She got out of her car and danced, gloriously, with Millie.
“I’ve seen her dancing a few times, and for some odd reason I decided to stop, and make conversation with her,” Lenz tells PEOPLE. “I asked what she was dancing to, and she told me the radio station, so I cranked my radio up, rolled down the windows, and got out and started dancing with her.”
Dance like nobody’s watching, Millie and Kim. Even if your video goes viral like this one did.
Savor the sweet, little moments of life.
**Next up today, I wrote about Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo’s amazing gesture of donating $3.5 million to a children’s hospital back in May. Well, the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new wing was this week, and Rizzo got up and spoke a few words, emotionally, about what it’s like to be in a place like that; Rizzo knows, he’s a cancer survivor himself.
Really, really good stuff.
**Finally today, I’ve been at the U.S. Open all week, as I am so fortunate to be able to be the last four years, and it’s been a typically fantastic week. I’ve gotten to write lots of stories, met lots of my fellow tennis scribes who I only see once a year, and met players and conducted interviews like I used to do year round when I was a full-time sportswriter.
Lots of people think that for sportswriters the thrills are only in meeting the LeBrons and Federers, the superstars. But they’re wrong; for me and so many others, it’s the unknowns who often have the most remarkable tales to tell, and those are the most fun lives to write about.
This past week I got to meet one of those unknowns, and his story blew me away. J.C. Aragone was the No. 5 singles player at the University of Virginia this spring; he won three qualifying matches last week to make the main draw. But that’s nothing; five years ago the dude was in a coma and almost died.
Here’s his improbable story. that I wrote for the Daily Press of Newport News, Va.; I so enjoyed speaking with him for 30 minutes, and my jaw hit the floor with each twist and turn. He’s a great kid who I wish nothing but success to; after reading what he’s been through, I think you’ll feel the same way.