A man from North Carolina recently posted this story on Facebook after he received a surprising note from an elderly man in a crowded restaurant. Although the old man couldn’t speak, he sure knew how to get someone’s attention.
The Facebook post has since gone viral, being shared thousands of times on social media. Read it below.
“Today I went to Lane’s Ferry Grill to eat lunch. Great staff and food. I needed a real bacon cheeseburger. The place was packed. Now the rest of the story…
As I sat alone with one seat open an elderly gentleman caught my attention and pointed to the chair and motioned if he could sit down. I replied sure. He was filling out his order form and one of the employees came to tell me that the Lord communicated by giving notes because he could not hear or speak well. They asked if he could sit there. I replied that we had already clarified that.
As we sat and passed notes, we filled up both sides of his paper, I only wondered the things he had seen. Well he met JFK, in the ’40s he went to Arizona and it was 120 degrees. Yes, we wrote about the weather. What a great lunch!
I tell this story, which may seem insignificant, just to say how important it was. As I sat there, I wondered if I was hoping to make this 93-year-old a better day.
But then it hit me and it gave cause to write my final note to him which said, “Sir I want to thank you for sharing lunch with me. I must go now but I want you to know that you made my day a better day. Take care of yourself. “You should have seen his eyes and smiled while reading him.” He hugged his heart and gave me a real handshake, we kissed and took a picture.
This story is not about what I did but about what we all can do. With a little time, a lot of compassion and not being about “me” and “I’” so much, we could help make and be in a better place. Passing notes with this gentleman were priceless.”
With all the negative, divisive stories in the media, it’s great to see a beautiful story of compassion between two strangers.
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