What makes you feel good at the end of the day? Is it a good day of hard work? Is it going for a run after a stressful meeting? Is it a cocktail with friends? I recently experienced a "Chicken Soup for the Soul" moment at TopGolf that I know will carry me through any future tough or dreary day.
A couple of weeks ago, we were contacted by KVUE to host a 13-year-old foster child at TopGolf for a story that would hopefully result in the boy's adoption. We were humbled by this request and eager to participate. Little did I know just how much Christopher would touch my heart.
When Christopher arrived at TopGolf, I immediately noticed his polite manners and sharp dress. We played TopGolf and got to spend some one-on-one time chatting. I asked him about school and what he likes to do for fun. Apparently, his favorite game is playing steal the shirt, which in my early '90s lingo is a game comparative to capture of the flag. We spent some time downstairs, where Christopher proceeded to kick my butt in some intense X-box Kinect game.
While the crew ate lunch, I asked Christopher what his favorite subject is and why, and he calmly replied, "The Bible." Now, not to get all religious or sappy, but this really struck a nerve. When I was his age, my answer would have been recess (seeing as middle school means the last year of recess) or lunch. He, on the other hand, finds his comfort in spirituality. Christopher also spoke to me about his love for science class and his desire to find a forever family.
We closed the afternoon by offering him and his foster family, who currently house SEVEN kids, a $500 gift card to come back to TopGolf for an afternoon and really have some fun. By the reaction on his face, you would have thought we had given Christopher $1 million.
A "Chicken Soup for the Soul" moment is when what you love to do crosses paths with a chance to make a change or an impact that is truly meaningful and special. Being a part of this day for Christopher is a memory that will feed my soul for many, many years to come.