A four-year-old girl may be teaching some of us a lesson about how a simple act of kindness can make a world of difference in another person’s life.
Tara Wood has penned a touching story about her daughter, Norah, and how she met her new best friend, an 82-year-old man the preschooler affectionately calls Mr. Dan.
Wood, a writer and mother of seven from Augusta, Georgia, explains she went to the grocery store to buy cupcakes for Norah’s fourth birthday, when she looked over at the birthday girl who “was busy standing up in the cart, excitedly waving and gleefully proclaiming, ‘Hi old person! It’s my birfday today!'”
Wood says her daughter was waving to “an elderly, stone-faced, and furrow-browed” man. And before she could correct the child for calling him “old person,” the man responded by saying, “Well hello little lady! And how old are you today?”
The mother says her child and the man, who introduced himself as Dan, chatted for a while and the two even ended up taking a picture together before leaving the store.
As they posed for the photo, Wood described the moment, saying the man “wordlessly stared at her [daughter] with twinkling eyes as she kept his hand in hers and studied his skinny veins and weathered knuckles. She kissed the top of his hand and then placed it on her cheek. He beamed.”
She says she later received a message from someone who had read her post and recognized Mr. Dan.
Wood learned that the man had recently lost his wife and was told that Norah’s kindness likely meant a great deal to him, as he had been struggling and very lonely since his wife’s passing.
Wood asked for his phone number and says she reached out to him a few days later and made plans for a visit, which has since become the first in a series of meet-ups.