“The man was old and had a hard, wrinkled face. But before I could tell her to “Shush” or ask the Earth to swallow me whole for calling him an “old person,” he stopped and turned to her.
We all know that birthdays are special days that we want to spend with the people we care about the most. But sometimes, our birthday can be the best day for someone else, like in the story about the older man who met the cutest little girl on her birthday. Mr. Dan’s lonely life got better after that because he got to hang out with his new tiny friend. The story of how these two friends met was shared on Facebook and touched a lot of people.
Norah, who was 4 years old, went to the store with her mother to buy all the things for her birthday party. Norah saw an old man while she was sitting in a shopping cart and “driving” along the shelves of the store.
Even though a few other older people walked by the mother and daughter, it seemed like Nora liked this one man as soon as she saw him.
She was glad to get closer to him and tell him that it was her birthday on that day. She did everything with joy and excitement. At first, the man looked kind of angry, but when he saw the young woman talking to him, he smiled and said, “Well, hello, little lady!” “How old are you today?” They talked for a while, and then waved goodbye.
But the girl wanted to take a picture with the man, and since it was her birthday, her mother said yes and ran after him to ask if she could take a picture of her daughter with him.
When they saw him again, the mother, Tara, said, “Excuse me, sir.” She asked, “Would you take a picture with her for her birthday?” At first, he looked confused, but he was happy to pose with the girl, so “they posed together, and then they hugged each other like they had known each other for years.”
After they thanked Mr. Dan for the photo and his time, he told them that he should be the one to say thank you because it was clear that he was really happy to talk to the birthday girl. He said that day was one of the best he’d had in a long time.
Tara was also moved by what he said, and she was glad that her daughter had made this man’s day. She thought she should tell her Facebook friends about it, but she didn’t know that it would reach many more people, including Mr. Dan’s friend, who told her that Mr. Dan had recently lost his wife and that she hadn’t seen him look this happy in the years since.
When Tara heard about his loss, she thought it would be nice if she and her daughter could find their new friend again and spend some time with him. Mr. Dan couldn’t hide how happy he was to have Norah stay with him.
Then, Tara added to her Facebook post that the sweet old man will be a part of their family whether he likes it or not. You might guess that he does like it, and that it has turned his boring life around for the better.
On the first visit, “Norah brought him a framed picture of the two of them in the grocery store; pictures she had colored (which he put on his fridge! ); and a bag full of pastries and Butterfingers.”
He’s about to get diabetes if he doesn’t already have it. ” Mr. Dan Peterson says that little Norah hugged him like there was no tomorrow, and he didn’t mind.
Mr. Dan is now happy to spend time with Norah whenever she wants to. He will always be thankful to this special young woman who makes his days better.
Tara says, “He told me that he hadn’t had a night of uninterrupted sleep in several months. Before he met Norah, his mind would wander at night because of sadness and worry. But ever since he met her, he has slept well every single night. He said that she made him well.
Tara is happy to raise a child who knows how to treat older people with respect. She thinks that every parent should teach their kids that older people are an important part of our community and that we should do everything we can to make their days happy.
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