The text messages that made my Monday - 01/13/14

You never know when something is going to happen that could spark something pretty awesome.  That's an over-simplified way of saying it, but it's true.

Take, for example, this morning when I was added to a group text thread - by mistake.  I scrolled through 90-some txt messages.  I NEVER have that many text messages!  I read through them all and realized they were teenagers.  I contemplated whether to respond.  The last text message said "did anyone ever say who the 417 was?"  Well, that was me.  So I responded, "Hey, this is Jennifer Waddell from Fox17.  Good morning!!  PS love the cow pic!"  By the way, the cow pic was of a girl who works at Chik-fil-A and it cracked me up.

Well that sparked a whole conversation with a group of high-schoolers.  Come to find out, they are part of the news crew at Mt. Juliet High School.  What are the odds?  We ended up putting this whole interaction in the newscast as a "talker".  They got to watch it live from their classroom and now I'm planning a visit to their class to talk about journalism.  I've attached a photo the students sent me from their own green screen.  How cool is that?

This was one of the most random, fun and inspiring mornings that all started with a message that wasn't even meant for me. 

Thought for the day:  If you get the wrong message how will you respond?

 

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