We see the entire spectrum of human interaction on social media.
Some exchanges make you want to shake your head in shame, others you are immediately motivated to share to spread the positivity.
Maureen Vernon posted a photo to a Chilliwack bidding group at around 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 30.
The photo showed three pieces of wood, cut and nailed together into the shape of an ‘A’ with a caption that read, “My son’s first creation. He insisted I put it on the bid site.”
Like all items posted on the site, group members have 24 hours to bid on the item, at which point the highest bidder ‘wins’ the item.
Maureen started the bidding at $2 for her son Angus’ first woodworking project, but she didn’t expect anyone to offer that amount.
“I didn’t think it was a good idea,” Maureen told The Progress. Worrying that her son’s feelings would be hurt, she warned him that “more than likely, no one will bid.”
It was the first carpentry project that seven-year-old Angus had taken on. Perhaps inspired by his step-mom Shelley’s crafting, Angus requested some tools and spare wood for Christmas. Finding his supplies under the tree, Angus quickly started putting together the ‘A’ for his namesake.
Hesitant to post the item online, Maureen encouraged her son to spend time improving his skills before attempting to sell his handiwork.
But Angus was confident. “Post it. It’ll sell,” he had said to her.
When Angus returned cheering from a Chiefs victory that evening, he was in for a victory of his own.
At that point, the post had received 68 Likes, nearly as many comments, and more bids than anyone was expecting.
“It was a neighbour who gave the first bid,” Maureen explained. “I thought that was cute. But then strangers started bidding, too.”
When Maureen showed her son that the current bid was up to $10, his reaction was priceless.
“It’s okay not to always be right, Mom,” he had said to her.
Inspired by the response, Angus hoped to run out to the hardware store to collect additional supplies to build more projects. But it was past his bedtime.
The makeshift ‘A’ grew in popularity overnight. It had garnered 369 Likes by the morning, and an outpouring of supportive comments.
“What a wonderful piece of art! Take your winnings and make some more!” said Ashley.
“Who knows where this little guy will go […] keep it up and good luck to both of you,” said Jeannette.
Several group members commended his young entrepreneurial spirit, others requested he make more letters or other creative projects.
Exploring their options for their creative son, Maureen might add a workshop to the spare bedroom, and his dad, a carpenter, will happily teach him the tools of the trade.
His mom kept a watchful eye on Angus as he excitedly worked on additional letters in his living room on Thursday morning, as the online bids continued to climb.
“I never expected this,” she said. “It’s heart-warming.”
Although he doesn’t know yet for what, Angus aspires to be on the cover of a magazine. As one of his favourite artists Justin Bieber resounded from the CD player, he continued hammerin’ and sawin’ away.
Maureen spoke of the negativity that she often sees scrolling through Facebook in other groups, and how great it is to see the opposite.
“It’s just so sweet. People like seeing the positive, sweet stuff. They appreciate it,” she said.
Whether it’s with music, woodwork, theatre or otherwise, it seems more than likely that Angus Hurrie will make something of himself. And it’s clear that he already has hundreds of fans in his hometown.
Maureen predicted that these sort of situations will be common throughout Angus’ life.
“He’s a good kid,” she smiled.
As the 24-hour bidding period came to a close on New Year’s Eve, the closing bid was $20, and the post had received upwards of 450 Likes.