Remember the story about a friendship that began at a grocery store between a little girl and an elderly man?
They taught us that unexpected things can happen just at the right time.
And the story only gets better.
First, let’s refresh your memory. In late September of 2016, Tara Wood shared the heartwarming story on her Facebook page:
We made a quick stop at the grocery store to pick up cupcakes for Norah’s birthday.
She was sitting in one of those carts that look like a car or truck or whatever when an older gentleman walked by. We’d passed several other elderly customers but she seemed magnetically drawn to this man.
Her face lit up like the sun, she waved excitedly, and said “Hi old person! It’s my birfday today!”
He was furrow browed but his expression softened when he realized she was speaking to him.
“Well hello little lady! And how old are you today?” he asked. They chatted for a few seconds and it was super adorable.
We said ‘goodbye’ and carried on shopping.
A few minutes later she turned and asked “Can I take a picture with the old man for my birfday?”
Uh, it was the cutest damn thing ever.
I knew he couldn’t have gone very far so we back tracked until we found him.
“Excuse me, sir? She’d like to know if you’d take a photo with her for her birthday?” I asked.
He looked confused and then stunned and then delighted.
“A photo? With me?” he asked.
“Yes suh! For my birfday!” Norah exclaimed.
And so they posed together and then they hugged each other like they were long lost friends.
We thanked ‘Mr. Dan’ for taking time to spend a few minutes of his day with us.
He teared up and said “No, thank YOU. This has been the best day I’ve had in a long time. You’ve made me so happy, Ms. Norah.”
Sometimes talking to strangers turns into the most beautiful thing in the world.
That moment changed everything.
Two years later, the unlikely duo are inseperable.
Steve Hartman has their heartwarming story “On The Road”:
Check it out!