A couple of days ago, a reader wrote to us expressing how much she enjoyed meeting Rafa in Miami and how significant it was to her family. We thought it was a lovely note and must be shared. So, with her blessings, here it is, just as she wrote it.
I wanted to write and say, there is no one like RAFA NADAL…no one. My house stops when he is playing. He is the ultimate MENSCH. There isn’t a better sports idol for the younger generation to look up to, not just in tennis, but any sport!
Trying to mind his own business, going out to dinner in Miami during his recent appearance at the SONY, he literally ran into my family leaving the restaurant ZUMA. I’m sure it meant nothing to him but it meant the world to us. KIND is an understatement. In my broken Spanish I tried to explained it was my 25th wedding anniversary and that my youngest son is probably his biggest fan.
Not just a celebration for my husband and myself, like most anniversaries, this was a huge celebration. (My eldest son [was] flying in for dinner.) Back in January my husband was extremely ill, and it’s nothing shy of a medical miracle that he is alive today. It was a huge medical scare for him and all of us. Thank G-d he made it to celebrate this day. He always does fun things to surprise me in life and when he noticed Rafa walking toward us into the restaurant, we all stopped in shock, about to take a family picture outside the restaurant. It was the perfect ending to our celebration and night. We are a huge tennis fans…but more than that…RAFA FANS! After posting this picture my friends actually thought my husband planned this to surprise me. THAT’S how much we love Rafa! As you can see my youngest was in such shock, but quickly got it together for the second picture. That’s right, he didn’t take one, but took the time to take 2 pictures with us, with his team urging him to “come this will be impossible” [but] he said “its ok, one more”…so very typical of this wonderful person.
I just wish he knew how much he completed our night and much needed celebration of not just our 25th anniversary but our celebration of LIFE.
I wanted to say “thank you” Rafa…you are NUMERO UNO in all our hearts! VAMOS and best of luck for the rest of the season.
A big thank you, Ma’am, for allowing us to share your story, we’re so happy for you. And as always, Vamos Rafa!