A picture of an elderly man feeding his wife ice cream is sweeping the internet.
The event occurred in the parking lot of a Sonic restaurant during 98-degree summer heat, reports the Daily Mail.
Nashville resident Pastor Brent Kelley, 34, snapped the photo on July 24. He noticed the old man sitting just inside his car with the doors open, positioned rather awkwardly on the bottom of the door frame. Upon closer inspection, he realized that the old man was spoon-feeding his wife ice cream.
Later that evening, he posted the photo to Facebook and described what he saw:
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So today, I took the kids to the pool and we stopped for ice cream on the way home. When I got my ice cream and pulled out, I realized that this elderly man beside me was sitting out side his car door, spoon feeding his wife ice cream who also looked in her late eighties. He draped a towel over her and slowly fed his bride in the 98 degree temperature. It was a beautiful display of love.
The post has since been shared more than 246,000 times, has 42,000 comments and 569,000 reactions.
"That is love, and life and what it is all about," remarked one viewer.
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Another added: "This is the kind of story that makes me believe that true love really exist."
Some Daily Mail readers, however, weren't so hot on the idea of the pastor taking a photo of the elderly couple without their knowledge:
Private moments should remain private. Like my elderly parents, not brought up in a social media age, this couple may be very upset to have this happen.
Did he get permission to post this elderly man's photo? Not everyone wants their face and every moment of their lives put on social media.
It's very sweet but very invasive. It's terrible to think that nowadays you can be going about your own business, someone takes a photo and then it's splattered all over the world going viral, without [permission].
Sonic's idiosyncratic drive-in architecture is evident in the viral photo. Self-touted on the corporate website as "the nation’s largest and most beloved drive-in chain," the restaurant features covered parking spaces and carhops who deliver the food to the "mobile living room" of the customer's car.
The website provides a company history:
Sonic was founded in 1953 when a gallon of gas cost 25 cents and a new car would set you back just $2,200. Our humble story began as a post-war American dream that grew beyond the wildest expectations of founders Troy Smith and Charles Pappe. Smith took a root beer and hot dog stand called Top Hat and turned it into a franchise that is now more than 3,500 restaurants strong.
The popular drive-in spends almost $200 million annually on its widely-recognized "Two Guys" advertising campaign which, the website notes, "resonates particularly well with Millennials."
It seems to resonate well with octogenarians, too, as Kelley's candid photo reveals.