A young woman’s simple lunch invitation evolved into an unexpected friendship, and the story quickly became a social media sensation.
Brooke Ochoa, of Louise, Texas, wrote on Facebook last week about an encounter she had at a local restaurant she visited for lunch.
“I saw this elder lady coming from afar so I waited to hold the door for her, she was very thankful and sweet,” Ochoa wrote. She then overheard the woman tell the server she was dining alone, prompting Ochoa to extend an invitation for the two to have lunch together.
“She was ecstatic! Come to find out she spent the last decade living with her mom who recently passed away and her aunt who recently was put into a nursing home, so she has been having a hard time being alone,” she wrote. “We had a wonderful talk, and she just kept smiling and saying thank you for listening to me, which made me smile too!”
The pair will make it a regular date: “By far the best decision I've made all year!!! Her name is Delores, and we will be having lunch every Thursday from now on.”
Ochoa’s post went viral after it was originally shared, garnering over two million likes and more then 250,000 shares on Facebook.