I love when people tell me how much they enjoy The Hebrew Kid and the Apache Maiden. But my greatest joy is reserved for the enthusiastic notices I get from children.
I ran into Daniel P. Ben Zvi, Mediator and attorney, right before Chanukah in “613 The Mitzvah Store” a local Jewish bookstore here in Los Angeles. Daniel introduced himself to me, told me how much he has admired my film work and was now buying the book for his young daughter, Sarah. Daniel and I chatted for a few minutes and then shyly, Daniel expressed his sadness over Ariel’s death. I am always touched when strangers talk about Ariel as if they know him. I realize how uncomfortable it must be for people to talk to the parent of a child who has died. They sense the unfathomable pain and they are reluctant to speak for fear of saying the wrong thing. But all anyone really has to say are these simple words: “I have no idea what you’re feeling, but I am sorry for your loss.” And that’s pretty much what Daniel said to me; there in the tiny store bursting with Chanukah shoppers, two complete strangers made an intimate connection.
Anyway, here’s what Daniel wrote to me just a few minutes ago:
Thanks so much for the book!
Sarah our ten-year-old is in the middle of reading it now and she loves it and she finds it very dramatic. She can barely sleep waiting to find out what happens at the end. Those are her specific words just now. So I thought I would share them with you. Chag Sameach, Robert.
Daniel strikes me as an honest and fine man and if you should find yourself in need of a mediator you can contact him at: email@example.com