No act of kindness is too small because no matter how simple, every good deed has the power to make someone else’s day brighter. Brooke Ochoa from Texas is one example of a woman who wanted to do just that – to make one person’s day a little bit happier.
It started when she went to eat at a local restaurant for lunch. While walking towards the place, Brooke saw an elderly lady coming from afar so she waited to hold the door for her. The sweet woman thanked her profusely for this polite gesture and proceeded to find a place in the restaurant.
When the senior was seated, Brooke overheard her say “table for one” to the waitress – an idea flashed into Brooke’s head but, she felt hesitant. Still, she gathered up courage and walked over to the lady saying, “I’m eating by myself too. Would you like to have lunch together?”
That was the question that sparked a special friendship between the two. The elderly woman, whose name was Delores, ecstatically accepted Brooke’s offer. Over lunch, they went to learn a few things about each other’s lives. As it turns out, Delores was going through a lot of hardships lately.
She spent the last decade living with her mom who recently passed away. Her aunt, on the other hand, was recently put in a nursing home. With all of these events, Delores had a hard time living alone.
Brooke said that they had a “wonderful talk”, and that accompanying Delores for lunch was “by far the best decision I’ve made all year”. The two seemed to have bonded well during their first lunch, that they decided to turn it into a weekly habit! They agreed to have lunch with each other every Thursday.
Brooke felt so excited over the experience that she decided to share it on her Facebook.
Her post read:
Little did she know that this story that happened in their local restaurant would become a sensation. Her Facebook post about her lunch with Delores garnered millions of likes and thousands of shares! Brooke was astonished by the overwhelmingly positive response that she got from people around the world.
With the story going viral, Brooke only had this to say:
“I’m glad they got my intentions right though because all I wanted was to make a difference in one person’s life.. to be kind, to do better, to see that being there for someone else can fill your heart with just as much happiness too. It was never a boast, just a post that I thought would make others take a step back, make a change and smile. Glad that is exactly what happened.”
Not long after their first meeting at their local restaurant, Brooke revealed a very sad update – Delores had passed away. Neither of them knew that Delores was nearing her last days, but Brooke was able to make them special, and the two women found support in each other, even just for a brief moment.
Brooke wanted to do better and be there for someone else – even for a stranger – and that is exactly what she did. She came up to Delores not knowing that it was the most perfect time. Delores needed comfort because she had been going through some personal struggles in her life, and Brooke gave her that.
This story is proof that we should always strive to be kind – for we never really know what someone is going through.
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