Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

When This Girl Called A Widower "Old" Both Of Their Lives Changed Forever.

A Fascination With Old People

A Fascination With Old People

Norah and Mr. Dan / Facebook

The day before Norah’s birthday, she and Tara came across an elderly person walking slowly across a parking lot. That’s when Norah revealed to her mother her interesting thoughts about senior citizens. "They walk slow like I walk slow and they has soft skin like I has soft skin. They all gonna die soon so I’m gonna love ‘em all up before they is died.” Sure, she meant well, but Tara wondered how an elderly person would take those words. And she didn’t have to wonder for too long.

It All Started At The Store

It All Started At The Store

Tara Wood, Writer / Facebook

On the day of Norah’s birthday, they were on the way home from school when Norah asked Tara to stop by the grocery store. She wanted to buy cupcakes to celebrate her birthday with her siblings. Tara had already had a long, busy day, and all she wanted was to go home. But, as she put it, “How do you say ‘no’ to a birthday girl?” They headed to the store, not knowing what they were about to encounter.

A Too-Friendly Toddler

A Too-Friendly Toddler

“I popped Norah and her younger sister in one of those enormous and cumbersome grocery carts shaped like a car, and headed toward the bakery,” Tara remembers. “After we picked up the cupcakes, I stopped at a clearance shelf that caught my eye.” While she was busy rummaging through for useful items on discount, Norah was already trying to make friends with strangers. Then she said something that made Tara’s heart sink.

Putting Her Foot In Her Mouth

Putting Her Foot In Her Mouth

Norah and Mr. Dan / Facebook

“Hi, old person! It’s my birthday today!” Tara heard Norah exclaim. Alarmed, Tara turned around to find that Norah was talking to an elderly man, who was “stone-faced and furrow-browed.” Tara was at a loss for words. “Before I could ‘shush’ her for calling him an ‘old person’ or ask the Earth to swallow me whole, he stopped and turned to her.” Tara braced for the worst.

A Delightful Surprise

A Delightful Surprise

Norah and Mr. Dan / Facebook

“Well, hello little lady! And how old are you today?” the man replied, to Tara’s complete surprise. “If he was troubled by my no-filter-having child, he didn’t show it,” she wrote. Oblivious to the panic that had just gone through her mother’s head, Norah chatted with the man for a few minutes. Then he wished her happy birthday and went a separate way. But the encounter had been more impactful to Norah than Tara realized.

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