In October of this year, I traveled to Italy and along the way bought myself a $300 Italian leather jacket. It was a huge expense for me, more money than I probably should have spent. But the jacket was gorgeous and fit me perfectly and came with a wonderful little story, and I didn’t once feel any regret about the purchase.
I came home and showed the jacket off and received positive responses from family and friends, assuring me that it was a great purchase. “It’ll last you forever,” several people said.
Except that today, I discovered that I somehow managed to tear the jacket, a solid two-inch rip in an awkward place just above the right pocket — which just about breaks my heart. I know it’s just a thing, an object I don’t need to hold attachment to, but dammit, between the cost and how much I love wearing, it hurts.
Apparently, there might be a shop near my office that does leather repair, so I’ll take it in and see what they can do to fix it.
At the moment, though, I’m just taking deep breaths and trying not to loose my sh!t.
Fortunately, for everyone, there is this story to make everything all better.
Miles Scott, a 5 year old boy who’s fighting leukemia, just wanted to be a superhero, specifically, he wanted to be Batman. So, Make-A-Wish Foundation worked to put together a special event, turning San Francisco into Gotham City for a day. Miles as Batkid and accompanied by Batman, was driven through in a “bat-mobile” and was able to partake in a series of death defying rescues, while thousands of people cheered. The miniature hero got ot help nab arch-villains Riddler and the Penguin and save a damsel in distress tied to the city’s famous tram tracks.
The internet exploded with glee at the event, and every Batman, from Adam West to Christian Bale congratulated Miles on his heroism.