I’m one of the 7 billion of us that you don’t know. I’m writing you because my son, who is 19, is living in Belfast, N. Ireland right now. He’s been there for almost a year now on an internship program working with protestant and catholic young people in Belfast. He’ll be coming home in just less than a month and as excited as his mom and I will be to have him home I know that he’s had one big dream that hasn’t come true there. He hasn’t met you.
Hi name is Nathan and he’s not got some “Make A Wish” disease (thank God) and he’s not dying of anything that we aren’t all dying from. But he had a hope that he’d walk in to a pub down in Dublin on a visit and suddenly bump into you. He’d buy you a pint, you’d sit down in a booth for a chat and in half an hour you’d have solved pretty much all the rest of the problems you haven’t already figured out solutions to by now.
He’s naturally shy so it would have been pretty awkward for both of you if he’d run into you at the pub. He would have walked right up to, not willing to miss the opportunity to connect with you, but likely would have said something like, “…ah…you…music…great…Bono…” and then smiled nervously waiting for a response, convinced in his own mind he’d made a complete sentence but not entirely sure what he’d said.
He’s doing great in Belfast. He’s met a lot of people and he’s become a friend and big brother to some kids who need both and have neither. All in all his time there has been wildly successful other than not running in to you. So as his dad, without him knowing about this, I’m writing to ask if you’d take 30 minutes between solving one crisis and another to let my son buy you a pint. He’s not the stalker sort, he won’t ask for your autograph, a pair of your sunglasses or even a photograph. All he would like to do is buy you a drink and swap some stories and share a blessing. I have a suspicion you’d actually enjoy meeting him and relaxing for half an hour away from world leaders, politicians and celebrities. Just you and one of the other 7 billion you haven’t met yet. He’s a regular guy who’s trying to change the world just like you are but he’s just doing it one at a time.
Bono, he doesn’t deserve to meet you, he hasn’t earned it and he has neither fame nor power. It would just be…grace.
Email me here at Cracked Virtue and I’ll send you his address and I guarantee he’ll meet you any time, any where and he’s buying. Thanks Bono.
p.s. when you’re talking to him, could you remind him to phone his mom? Cheers!