There was an older gentleman dining at one of his favorite restaurants and he made quite an impression on the people dining. Why? He was eating alone, but propped up on the table was an old, faded picture of a man and woman. The picture was of him and his wife, who passed away five years ago.
Madina Bashizadah posted the picture above on Twitter, and told Huffington Post, "Automatically, I assumed she wasn't here with us and I started tearing up because it was such a beautiful moment but heartbreaking at the same time." She also adds that other diners approached him to ask about the photo and "he was happy and excited to talk about her."
The gentleman is a frequent diner at the restaurang, and Imgur user soulrose was one of the people who asked about her on a separate occasion. They shared this photo and story:
I saw this elderly gentleman dining by himself, with an old picture of a lady in front of him. I though maybe I could brighten his day by talking to him.
As I had assumed, she was his wife. But I didn’t expect such an interesting story. They met when they were both 17. They dated briefly, then lost contact when he went to war and her family moved. But he said he thought about her the entire war. After his return, he decided to look for her. He searched for her for 10 years and never dated anyone. People told him he was crazy, to which he replied, “I am. Crazy in love.” On a trip to California, he went to a barber shop. He told the barber how he had been searching for a girl for ten years. The barber went to his phone and called his daughter in. It was her! She had also been searching for him and never dated either.
He proposed immediately and they were married for 55 years before her death 5 years ago. He still celebrates her birthday and their anniversary. He takes her picture with him everywhere and kisses her goodnight.
Some inspiring things he said:
"I was a very rich man. Not with money, but with love."
"I never had a single argument with my wife, but we had lots of debates."
"People are like candles. At any moment a breeze can blow it out, so enjoy the light while you have it."
"Tell your wife that you love her everyday. And be sure to ask her, 'Have I told you that I love you lately?'"
Be sure to talk to the elderly. Especially strangers. You may think that you will brighten their day, but you may be surprised that they can actually brighten yours.