It's a true story much like the Michael Lewis' the "Blind Side".
Laura Schroff, co-author of New York Times national bestseller, An Invisible Thread, discussed her life and inspiration for the book at the Norwalk Public Library's AuthorSpeak program.
"An Invisible Thread", is an old Chinese proverb, how an invisible thread connects those who are destined to meet regardless of time, place and circumstance. The thread may twist or tangle, but it may never break."
As a first-time author, Laura Schroff explores the role of destiny in life. The book, based on her own true story, dives into the unexpected connection between a busy ad executive and a hungry 11 year old homeless boy Maurice Mazyck who met on a Manhattan street corner in 1986.
"I passed him and he said, 'excuse me lady, do you have any spare change, I'm hungry'," said Schroff. "And my original reaction was to say 'no', but something made me stop and I went back and offered to take him to lunch. We had lunch, and I ended up meeting him the following Thursday and we set up a date to meet the following Monday and we wound up meeting every Monday for the next four years and hundreds of times thereafter."
"It's a powerful story," said Norwalk Public Library Programming Specialist Cynde Bloom Lahey. "She's very sincere about it and just to listen to her tell the story on some of the recordings on her website but also reading the book, you know that you know the characters, you know the people."
"It was a very fast read," said Norwalk Resident Victoria Zlock. "I was so amazed at the caliber of the book in itself and how just one little act of kindness can change a person's life."
Schroff and Maurice have been featured on the Today Show and Fox News' "Huckabee Show" and made appearances across the country. Schroff tells us after over 25 years she and Maurice are still great friends.
"What I'd love for people to take away from it is how once small act of kindness can make an enormous difference," Schroff said. "And there are so many children and so many families today that are struggling. Sometimes these hidden blessings are in your life, they're in your own backyard and if you're willing to open up your eyes and your heart, you'll never know how it's going to change your own life."