'A true friend' | News, Sports, Jobs – Fort Dodge Messenger

Jan 13, 2023
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Adrian Hathaway, left, of Fort Dodge, and Hosea Musick, of Pikeville, Kentucky, show off their matching katanas after meeting last week. The two boys didn’t know they had the same Japanese swords. As a gesture of friendship, they traded sheaths.
Adrian Hathaway was having a tough time with bullies at school. When he’d go home and log onto his Xbox games, he’d face more bullies. That is, until he met Hosea Musick.
Adrian, a third-grader at Duncombe Elementary School, was playing Minecraft when he was matched with Hosea, a third-grader from Pikeville, Kentucky. Their meeting was pure chance.
“If the matchmaking was even one second off, none of this would have ever happened,” Adrian said.
That was nearly two years ago, and the two boys have been fostering that long-distance, virtual friendship ever since. They eventually exchanged phone numbers and FaceTimed with each other, where they learned they shared physical similarities too — they look so much alike, they could be brothers.
When Adrian and Hosea met online, Hosea was also going through a tough time — his mom was dying of Stage IV colon cancer.
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Adrian Hathaway, left, of Fort Dodge, finally got to meet his long-distance friend Hosea Musick, of Pikeville, Kentucky, last week. The two boys were amazed at how similar they looked.
The two boys still talk every day, either on FaceTime or while playing Fortnite or Minecraft on Xbox.
Sarah Hathaway, Adrian’s mom, said that although the administration at Duncombe and Adrian’s teacher Susan Brueschke did a great job addressing the bullying, Adrian still had a hard time with it.
“He is such an old soul and wears his heart on his sleeve, so it really affected him,” Sarah Hathaway said. “Because of Hosea, it gave him the strength to face his bullies and become friends with them.”
The kindness and camaraderie shared between the two boys helped Adrian overcome his troubles at school, Sarah Hathaway said.
“Hosea showed Adrian what a true friend is and Adrian was able to become that friend to his bullies,” she said. “Adrian’s like a whole new kid because of him.”
Last week, Adrian and Hosea had the opportunity to meet face-to-face for the first time. When Hosea’s dad, Rob Musick, had to travel to Nebraska for work last week, he brought Hosea along to make a stop in Fort Dodge so the two boys could spend a day together.
“Adrian was on the porch and Hosea pulled up and Adrian ran out there barefoot in the snow to greet him,” Sarah Hathaway said. “It was an instant connection.”
The families went to eat at McDonald’s and the boys got to spend some time gaming in the same room together.
“It was amazing,” Adrian said.
Hosea agreed, calling it an “awesome” day.
“It felt really good to connect with Adrian’s family,” Rob Musick said. “Even better than we imagined.”
Rob Musick said he feels this experience shows that people are genuinely good and the world’s a small place.
Sarah Hathaway said they’re making plans to visit Hosea and his dad in Kentucky this summer.
Adrian, the old soul, has some simple advice for people dealing with bullies.
“Try to become friends with your bullies, because they’re probably going through hard stuff too,” he said. “No matter what, try to be friends with everyone.”
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