At first glance, you would not find the photo below strange nor extraordinary. But after learning that the woman and the little boy cradled by her do not know each other, you will understand why this photo has become viral and touched the hearts of so many people across the globe.
Isaiah, the boy in the picture, was simply attending a high school football game held in Georgia when he saw the woman in the picture whom he had never seen before, despite being a total stranger, the little boy approached the woman and immediately sat on her lap.
Mrs. Star Balloon-Bradley, Isaiah’s aunt, was worried that her nephew is bothering the woman. To her surprise, the woman welcomed her nephew and happily talked to him for about 20 minutes.
“They were talking like they knew each other,” Mrs. Star shared on her Facebook account.
The friendly woman did not only talk with the little boy, she even cradled and rock him to sleep! Sadly, the kind stranger had to leave the football game during half-time because she had to meet up with her 15-year-old daughter.
What they thought as the first and probably the last encounter between Isaiah and the woman did not end in the grounds of the football game. Two weeks after their remarkable meeting, Isaiah crossed path with the woman once again. This time, it was the softhearted stranger who caught Isaiah’s attention with a friendly wave!
“I thought their interaction would be the same as last time but I was wrong,” Mrs. Star wrote on Facebook. “Isaiah walked right up to her smiling, crawled in her lap, and laid his head down on her shoulder. She welcomed him with open arms… This lady patted and rocked Isaiah to sleep like she had given birth to him.”
Mrs. Star explained that she apologized to the woman and offered to take her nephew away so as not to bother her. However, the kind woman turned down her offer and further said that Isaiah is a new friend.
“Isaiah and this lady had NEVER met before, other than those 20 minutes at a game two weeks ago… It was the sweetest!” Isaiah’s doting aunt wrote, ecstatic about the one-of-a-kind encounter she had witnessed during the game.
According to the woman, she only has one daughter who is now 15 years old. Hence, moments such as this are considered as priceless by her.
“With all of the racial tension that’s going on, I’m glad to see pictures like these because it goes to show color don’t matter to a lot of people,” Mrs. Star wrote on her Facebook account together with the viral photo of Isaiah and the woman.
This is the complete Star-Ballon Bradley’s Facebook post:
“I don’t know who this lady is but if you know her tell her she’s awesome. Isaiah walked up to this lady at our last home game two weeks ago. He sat on her lap and they were talking like they knew each other. It lasted no more than 20 mins. However, she left right after halftime to meet up with her little girl. Fast forward to tonight…not long after we sat down at the game Isaiah spotted her.
She waved at him and he made his way up to her. I thought their interaction would be the same as last time but I was wrong. Isaiah walked right up to her smiling, crawled in her lap and laid his head down on her shoulder. She welcomed him with open arms. This lady patted and rocked Isaiah to sleep like he had given birth to him. It was the sweetest!!
We asked her if she wanted us to get him but she kept telling us she (and he) was fine!! Isaiah and this lady has NEVER met before other than those 20 mins at a game 2 weeks ago. I told her tonight that I am so sorry and I don’t know why he keeps bothering her. She replied he’s no bother and to not say that again.
She said he was her new friend. She then went on to say she only has one child who is 15 and moments like this are priceless!!! With all of the racial tension that’s going on I’m glad to see the pictures like these because it goes to show color don’t matter to a lot of people. It really don’t!! Arguing over stuff as such makes us miss the simple pleasures in life. I hate I didn’t get her name but I will next game because I’m sure Isaiah will make his way back to her. I love her and don’t know her! “
The now-viral photo posted on Facebook was shared more than 300,000 times and garnered a million likes!
Isaiah’s mom also updated her Facebook post with the news about the KIND WOMAN’s identity: “We found out who she is. Her name is Mrs. Angela. She’s such a sweet lady y’all! It’s awesome how God connects people together for whatever reason!!”
Mrs. Angela who later saw Mrs. Star’s post was overwhelmed with her emotions, and has this to say:
“To God be all praise, glory, and honor! I have been overwhelmed with emotions today as I have read the post Star Balloon-Bradley shared. I am humbled by the kind words every one has spoken. Isaiah is absolutely adorable! I pray people will Jesus in all this & know His love is beyond measure & that is how I want to love & life my life. I’m not worthy but He sure is!
Mrs. Angela and Isaiah may not know each other personally prior to their heartwarming interaction during the high school football game. Yet, their viral photo which has touched thousands of people across the globe is a beautiful reminder that friendship knows no age, no gender, and no color!