An Invisible Thread: The True Story of an 11-Year-Old Panhandler, a Busy Sales Executive, and an Unlikely Meeting with Destiny
by Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski
Nashville, Tenn. : Howard Books, 2011. 238 p. Nonfiction
When Laura Schroff, a harried sales executive, brushed past a young eleven-year-old panhandler on a New York City corner one rainy afternoon, something made her stop and turn back. She took the boy to lunch at the McDonald’s across the street that day. And she continued to go back, again and again for the next four years until both their lives had changed dramatically. An Invisible Thread is the heartwarming true story of a friendship that has spanned three decades and brought meaning to an over-scheduled professional and hope to a hungry and desperate boy living on the streets.
Nothing dramatic moves this story along, it is filled with the everyday events of two very different people, but the fact that they are friends is all that that this book needs to captivate readers. Schroff’s spur of the moment decision to to turn back changed her life as well as the young boy’s. It is definitely a story that gets you thinking about the small changes we can make in our lives that might end up having a huge impact.