Anna saw an older man in a cafe and overheard what he said to a waitress, prompting her to give him a hug and a few words of encouragement. The next day she received a set of keys and couldn’t believe what the older man told her.
“My friend died a few days ago. That’s why I’m not here with him today. Now I’m all alone in the world,” Anna overheard the older man say. He was sitting at the table next to her and he was talking to the waitress at the local coffee shop she often frequented in her hometown in Ohio.
Anna’s mouth dropped open, and she thought back to when she’d spotted that man with his friend at the cafe. Although she doesn’t know them at all, her heart broke in his name. It only reminded him that life was so fleeting that you had to enjoy it when you could.
Anna heard the waitress offer her condolences, and she decided to approach the man. | Source: Pexel
The waitress offered her condolences to the man and quickly returned to work. Anna looked at the man and saw him exhale in defeat, and she couldn’t take it anymore. Her chair creaked against the floor as she pushed it back, got up, and headed straight for the man’s table.
“Mr. Lockton, what is it?” And our coffee? Anna called when she got out of her car.
“Sir, I don’t know you, and you don’t know me, but I just overheard what you said to the waitress. And I had noticed you with your friend at this place many times before, so I wanted to offer my condolences for your loss too,” Anna said, her eyes almost watering for this strange man, and suddenly she hugged him.
She had no idea why the impulse had taken hold of her, but she couldn’t regret it because the man’s arms came up to hug her back. “Thank you, young lady. It means a lot, especially to this old man who has lost everyone in his life. Would you like to have a coffee with me?” he asked, his face showing how much the gesture meant to him.
Anna sat down with him and offered her friendship without expecting anything in return. | Source: Pexel
“Of course,” she declared and sat down with him.
The man introduced himself as Adam Lockton, who had lived in the area since his retirement. He had no family or friends at his age and the loss of his last boyfriend was taking a toll on him, even though it had only been a day since the funeral.
“You know what? I’m your new friend. I’m Anna Miller, and we can meet here anytime you want. In fact, you can also come to my house. My husband and my children no longer have grandparents, and I bet they would like you,” Anna decided with a bright, tear-filled smile. Her hands reached into her purse and pulled out a pen and a piece of paper. “I’ll write down my phone number.”
Mr. Lockton laughed and accepted the piece of paper. “I’ll make sure to, young lady. I mean, Anna,” he said, his smirk revealing his gratitude and bewilderment that this young woman was offering him her friendship just like that. Few people would do it as freely as she did. He liked her very much.
The waitress offered her a set of keys and an address the next day. | Source: Pexel
The next day, Anna went to the cafe for an afternoon cup of coffee with Mr. Lockton, but the waitress approached her.
“Mr. Lockton told me to give you these keys and this address. He said to get there as soon as possible,” she revealed with a puzzled smile.
Anna took the keys, equally confused, and got up to go to the address. She was taken aback to see Mr. Lockton sitting on a swing on the porch of a big, beautiful house.
“Mr. Lockton, what is it?” And our coffee? Anna screamed as she got out of her car and ran up the stairs to sit next to the older man.
Mr. Lockton was sitting on the porch of a fine house. | Source: Pexel
“It was my friend’s new house, and he didn’t enjoy it at all. Like me, he had no one left, so it’s mine now,” Mr Lockton revealed, but his lips writhed in grief. “I misspoke. Now it’s your turn. These are the keys in your hand.”
Anna was shocked and started refusing, explaining that she and her husband were earning a lot of money. They already had their house, so they didn’t need a new one. But Mr. Lockton shook his head.
“I don’t need it either, but I know someone as kind and wonderful as you will know exactly what to do with it. Please accept this as a thank you for what you did yesterday.”
“But I did not do anything.”
“Yes you can.”
Anna and Mr. Lockton had coffee every day. | Source: Pexel
Eventually Anna agreed, and a few months later turned the house into a shelter for women and children in need. And she went for coffee with Mr. Lockton every day.
What can we learn from this story?
- You never know what can happen when you offer people kindness. Anna only wanted to comfort a stranger for her loss, and she got something unique in return.
- Friendships can develop from the strangest of circumstances. Mr. Lockton didn’t expect to make a new friend at the cafe after losing his best friend, so Anna was a surprise to him – one he cherished.
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