My daughter has not seen her biological dad since she was four. She’s 11 now. When she was two he contacted me and asked if I would allow him to terminate his parental rights so he could stop paying child support and I agreed.. I wanted to spare her the heartache of a revolving door father and the sacrifice of the financial support was well worth him never being able to disappoint her again. I never lied to her about where he went or who her dad was.. I have always answered her questions in the most age appropriate way possible. When she was four he contacted me and told me he has been diagnosed with cancer and would like to see her. I set aside a day and we met in the park. He had asked for two hours. He stayed 20 minutes and we never heard from him again.. Over the summer we ran into somebody that knows him and they commented on how she looks like his other children. They elaborated that he has settled down and has a family now. My stomach tied itself in knots thinking of how hurtful that must be to my daughter.. I cut the conversation short and we got in the car to leave and that’s when I saw her smiling. She said “mom.. He figured out how to be a dad. That’s such a nice thing. I’m happy for his kids.” And that’s the day an 11 year old taught me all I need to know about forgiveness.
Tonight I had the opportunity to hear a speech by Brandon Stanton, and was fortunate to be able to ask him about this photo.
After In The Heights was on Broadway, and in the six year Lin had disappeared to work on Hamilton, Lin messaged Stanton on twitter, telling him that if he was ever in Washington Heights. Stanton didn’t know who he was, but kept it in his mind.
A little while later, Stanton was in Washington Heights, and in need of a Spanish Translator. So he messaged Lin on Twitter, seeing if he was around.
That was the day that Lin and his wife had returned with their son from the hospital, and that is the story behind the photo.
Stanton didn’t know who Lin was at the time, but he does now.
Humans of New York broke our collective heart with this picture of a young boy who says he’s afraid people won’t like him because he’s gay. Luckily, the best of the internet jumped in to tell him how wonderful and loved he is, including Hillary Clinton and Ellen DeGeneres:
A good parody is an awesome thing, especially when the original material is already outstanding. Last year we me the Orcs of New York, a delightful parody of the always fascinating Humans of New York project. Today let’s meet the Big Apple’s Pokémon. That’s right, it’s Pokémon Of New York, a brand new HONY parody created by College Humor.
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“So get this. I’m driving down Park Avenue one day and this guy waves for me, so I pull over and I ask him where he’s going. He tells me 74th street, and I tell him that’s too far for me, because my shift just ended, so he says ‘thanks anyway’ and walks away. But then I think about it, and I start feeling bad for the guy, cause hey– I got a conscience. So I call him back to the cab and tell him to hop in. And he gets in the car all excited, all animated, and he’s talking about all these things. But he’s got his cap pulled down way over his eyes, so I can’t see who it is. But pretty soon I start to recognize his voice. And when we get to a light, I turn to him, and I look him in the eye, and I scream: "WIIIIIIILLLSSSSSOOOOOOON!!!” And that really got him. He started laughing hard. He sees that I’ve got this Ferrari hat on, and a Ferrari shirt too, so he starts calling me 'Mr. Ferrari.’ The whole ride, he keeps calling me 'Mr. Ferrari.’ So after we get to his destination, we snap a quick photo, and he goes on his way. And I think that’s it. But that’s not it, cause get this. Over the next few weeks, I just happen to randomly pick up people that know him. People who have acted with him before, people who work with him. And every time, I tell them: 'Tell Mr. Hanks that Mr. Ferrari says 'hello.’“ Every time I say that. Then one day I’m driving, and I get a text from one of the people that I’d driven, and it says: 'Mr. Hanks wants to invite you to see his Broadway show.’ So I bring my lady to the show, and we get to go backstage and everything, and after the show, we’re waiting for him in his dressing room, and he walks in and screams: 'Mr. Ferrari!’ Can you believe that story? And you wanna know the craziest thing? The name of his show was 'Lucky Guy.’ How crazy is that? Cause that was me. A lucky guy!”
“My grandparents immigrated here from New Jersey with nothing, and now I have this box. I wish they could see me. They’d be like ‘How the fuck did you get that box? We never had a box.’ But I don’t know, the box just kind of showed up so I sat in it.”
“What’s your favorite thing about the 21st century?”
An artwork inspired by this great post: “OKAY BUT fanart where Humans of New York stops Steve on the subway.
“What’s your favorite thing about the 21st century?” is the caption.
There’s no answer, but in the photograph Steve has his arm around
Bucky’s shoulder, and he’s laughing and smashing a kiss against Bucky’s
I’m SO sorry OP, I missed the “in the subway” part when I read the prompt! I don’t know what happened ><