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 is a “get your tissues ready” memoir about a soul connection which occurred between an eleven-year-old at risk boy and a single woman whose chance encounter on the street in New York City changed their lives forever.
On their fateful first meeting, Laura initially ignored Maurice when he asked for spare change, but something made her turn around and after returning to the hungry child, took him to McDonald’s for a meal he desperately needed. What followed were years of continued meetings and meals shared by two people from opposite worlds. Maurice lived in one room with drug addicted relatives. Laura resides in a high-rise with a doorman and a view.
The friendship which developed over many years triggers Laura’s memories of an abusive alcoholic father and although different, in many ways her recollections fuel her desire to take the helpless boy living day to day in an unbelievably harsh situation under her wing.
This is an inspirational story about the difference Laura and Maurice made in each other’s lives. Much of it is heartbreaking, but the outcome is astounding. I think it is worth reading.