A 4-year-old girl became unlikely friends with an elderly man after her kind words helped the man cope with the loss of his wife.
Tara Wood and her daughter, Norah, were shopping for cupcakes for Norah's birthday when the 4-year-old noticed an elderly man and became drawn to him, reports Hot Topics.
Tara wrote about what happened next in a Facebook post:
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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.
Tara says that a few minutes later, Norah asked if she could take a photo with the man for her birthday. The mother and daughter found the man and asked for a photo.
"A photo? With Me?" he replied.
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"And so they posed together and then they hugged each other like they were long lost friends," Tara wrote. "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 beauty full thing in the world."
After posting the story on Facebook, somebody who knew the man told her his name was Dan Peterson and that Norah's encounter with him in the grocery store is the first time they had seen him smile since his wife's death.
Tara got in contact with Dan, and several days later, she and Norah paid him a visit.
"He had been so lonely," she said. "We covered 30 years of stuff. He was just ping-ponging around. He's had a fascinating life. He's had some tragedy in his life. He was just so grateful to have someone to listen to him. The whole time, Norah was just curled up in his lap like she's known him forever."
Tara and Norah have since been paying Dan regular visits.
"Sweet Mr. Dan is going to be part of our family whether he likes it or not (he likes it)," Tara wrote on Facebook.