We went out to eat at Cracker Barrel. As we were almost finished, we noticed an elderly woman sitting all alone, drinking a milk and waiting for her meal.
A million thoughts went through my mind. She looked so very lonely.. Is she widowed? Where is her family? Why is she at a restaurant at almost 8pm (which is stereotypically like midnight in old people time).
Also seated next to us were 3 big, burly, middle aged, blue collar, hard working, hungry men.
I asked Tom if we should buy her dinner or if we should go sit with her… then one of our boys did/said something which momentarily distracted us but when we looked back up, these big burly guys were moving the frail elderly woman to their table.
We continued to watch them interact. The woman was smiling from ear to ear, her face all lit up and she was just a-talking like she hadn’t talked to another human in a very long time. I seriously was choked up, as was Tom.
As we left, we left them some money for their meal and Tom thanked them for restoring our faith in humanity… I snapped a picture but really, I will forever remember this moment..
Credit: Claire Senglin Richardson