NEW YORK — When you’re an author, you never know when you’ll run into inspiration. On Saturday, as I was heading home from Chinese school in Chinatown (I’ll tell you about that in a future post), I ran into Lucas on Bleecker Street in the West Village. Lucas is seven. He lives in Connecticut, which is hard to spell.
Lucas had made beautiful bracelets to raise money to save endangered animals. Here was what was left of his inventory when I saw him around 2 p.m.: He had a very supportive mom who stayed by his side as he called out to everyone who walked by:Talking to strangers is not easy. He was very brave. Lucas said that the money from his bracelet sales would go towards “adopting” the black jaguar. His brother was planning to adopt the polar bear. His mother explained that he had found the adoption program on the internet. If you are interested, the link to the World Wildlife Species Adoption program is here.
This is the bracelet I bought from Lucas, plus three blueberry charms, two of which he gave me for free, just like that: Isn’t it gorgeous?!!! I haven’t taken it off since. I’m wearing it proudly because a boy Alvin’s age is taking responsibility for a problem bigger than himself. Thank you, Lucas!!! Best of luck on your adoption. The black jaguar is one lucky cat to have you on his side!