Grieving man gets unexpected friendship out of the blue.
But he ended up with one of those karma life moments.
But let’s start at the beginning.
After his wife died, Dan Peterson was lost.
He spent a lot of time in the garden he and his wife both loved.
His wife’s favourite flower, white roses, served as a constant reminder of how much he missed her.
And there was an irony to it all – Petersen was never able to grow white roses, only red ones.
And before she died the two of them did everything together.
“I’m sitting here staring out the back window of my house, just waiting it out to see how long I was going to live,” he told NPR radio.
And then one day – the dreaded grocery run – something special happened.
“I hadn’t shaved for a couple days and I hadn’t had a haircut probably for three months and didn’t give a you-know-what about anything except ‘Well, what do I do tomorrow? Watch squirrels?’ ” he says.
Tara Wood was at the grocery store that day with her four-year-old daughter, Norah.
Tara says Dan “didn’t look like the friendliest man” — but that didn’t stop Norah.
“And all of the sudden I come to the end of the hall, and in the isle there is this little girl, and she’s sort of bouncing up and down and pointing at me,” Dan says.
“And she said, ‘Hi old person. Today’s my birthday.”
Grieving Man Gets Unexpected Friendship
Norah sensed Dan needed some cheering up.
“I thought he needed a friend because he was sad,” Norah says.
And Dan sure did.
“When you have a little girl bouncing up and down and being so happy to be alive, you sort of change,” he says.
Tara says Dan responded to Norah with, “Well hi little lady, how old are you today?”
Little Norah told her mom she wanted a picture, so the 81-year-old and 4-year-old posed for a photo. Norah then asked him for a hug.