Do you remember what it was like to be a kid?
One of the greatest thrills in life was to push all the buttons on the elevator and stop on every floor.
Well tomorrow that wish will come true for one little special boy at the Weston Centre in downtown San Antonio.
This e-mail from Nick Longo, director of Geekdom, hit my inbox this afternoon and just made me burst into tears.
“I have a special request. We have been asked to do something very special and emotional tomorrow at 3:30pm at Geekdom for the Make a Wish Foundation. Here is Alan’s story:
Alan is four years old. His wish is to go to the highest building in San Antonio (that’s us) and push each of the buttons on the elevator and stop at each floor (something only a child could come up with).
When the elevator doors open on the 10th floor & the 11th floor we need as many people there to clap and to cheer him on.”
So what does this have to do with technology and a technology blog? Maybe nothing, maybe everything. Sometimes we go through life so focused on getting things done in the virtual world that we forget to take pleasure in the simple things in life. A child can break through that fog and make us focus on what’s important whether it’s a bug, a flower, a train or a plane or pushing all the buttons on the elevator and enjoying the ride.
So tomorrow I’ll be at Geekdom with balloons, signs and a big Teddy Bear to wish Alan well on his journey. I hope you’ll join us in spirit if you can’t be there in person.
And next time some kid pushes all the buttons in an elevator you get into, don’t get mad, just enjoy the ride and think of Alan.
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central & South Texas is granting the wish for Alan.
Full disclosure: Geekdom is a sponsor of Silicon Hills News, but that has nothing to do with this post. This post is to support Alan’s wish.