A lone Texas woman thought she would do a kind act and simply hold the door open for another woman entering the same restaurant to grab a bite to eat. Little did she realize, her kind gesture would lead to a chain of events that’s gone viral across social media.
Louise resident Brooke Ochoa recalled the incident in a Facebook post, detailing the chain of events that occurred after she went to eat lunch by herself, according to ABC6. It started as she was entering an un-named restaurant. That’s when saw an elderly black woman walking into the building at the same time, so she decided to hold the door for her.
Come to find out, the elderly lady, named Delores, was eating by herself as well, and after she asked for a table for one, Brooke invited Delores to eat with her. The two talked for quite a bit, and their conversation revealed the sad details of Delores’s life in recent months after receiving bad news about two people she was very close to.
“Come to find out she spent the last decade living with her mom who recently passed away and her aunt who recently was put into a nursing home, so she has been having a hard time being alone,” Brooke said in her Facebook post.
Apparently, Delores hasn’t really had anybody to talk to, and she was beyond grateful that the kind young woman listened to her throughout their meal together.
“We had a wonderful talk, and she just kept smiling and saying thank you for listening to me,” Brooke recalled. “Which made me smile too!”
Brooke said their conversation “healed my heart too,” and she’s also grateful to have been able to spend some time with Delores.
“By far the best decision I’ve made all year,” she said.
The best part about their talk? Brooke said it won’t be the last time they ever see each other. It’s going to be a new part of her routine.
“We will be having lunch every Thursday from now on,” she said.
Brooke’s story of love and compassion towards a total stranger has struck a chord with the Internet, gaining a ton of attention from people on social media. As of this writing, it has been shared over 229,000 times, amassed over a million “likes,” and garnered over 100,000 comments, and it’s easy to see why that happened.
The sad reality is that stories like this are few and far between. It’s not every day that a small act of kindness paves the way for such a strong friendship, and it’s refreshing to see two people, who are basically polar opposites, forge a lasting relationship seemingly out of nowhere.
It’s incredible to think that they were both in the right place at the right time and gave each other exactly what the other needed at the time. That’s the power of God at work, and that’s what life is all about – helping one another when we need it the most.