When we wake up in the morning, we probably don’t really think that anything momentous is going to take place. More than likely, we move through our day and it ends without us stepping outside of the lines. Every once in a while, however, something happens that really takes us by surprise. It may only be a small thing but when it takes place, it can really change your life. That is what happened in this story.
The story was posted on facebook and it went viral for a very special reason. Sometimes, viral content comes from it being so out of the ordinary that we can’t help but pass it around. At other times, it is shared because it is funny. In this particular case, it was because it was something that touched many people on a very personal level. Once you see it for yourself, you will know why people loved it. It came from an experience that a man had when talking to an older gentleman in a restaurant. The older man couldn’t speak but he did know how to get his point across.
You can read the now-viral post below:
“Today I went to Lane’s Ferry Grill to eat lunch. Great staff and food. I needed a real bacon cheeseburger. 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 sheet and one of the staff came to say to me that the gentleman communicated by passing notes because he couldn’t hear or speak well. They asked if he could sit there. I responded we had already worked that out.
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 that may seem insignificant, only to share just how significant it was. As I sat there I wondered if and hoped that I was making a better day for this 93 year young gentleman.
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 of seen his eyes and smile as he read it. He embraced his heart and gave me a handshake that was real. We hugged 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 was priceless.”
We hear far too many negative news stories. It is nice to hear something positive for a change.