Enjoying a meal out at a restaurant is a great activity to partake in. It’s also a pretty social activity, so we tend to go out and do it with friends or family. Sometimes it’s also nice to go out and enjoy a lunch alone but sometimes, when you see someone eating alone, you can’t help but feel a pang of sadness for them.
Brad’s Barb-B-Que in Oxford, Alabama is one of the essential spots for barbeque lovers, and not too long ago, 80-year-old Eleanor Baker decided to venture out to enjoy some of the food.
But her meal on this one particular night turned out to be extra special.
“I think it was a God thing,” Baker told CBS Evening News. “I think God sent me there… People care about other people and how important it is.”
Baker was actually a widow, so she was eating alone. She lives with her dog and has a big family but most of them live out of town.
She was eating alone until these three men entered the restaurant and noticed the elderly woman, that is.
When one of the men noticed Baker eating alone, they decided to get up and join her table.
“He just came up and he said, ‘I saw you eating over here alone, do you mind having some company?'” Baker shared.
After he asked politely, she told him to go right ahead and then the four of them enjoyed their meal together.
“I introduced myself and then she introduced herself and that’s kinda how it all got started,” the man said.
“It was really just a nice, pleasant evening,” Baker added.
And the three men enjoyed Baker’s company just as much as she enjoyed theirs! They weren’t only doing it as a “good deed,” but because they truly wanted to. They were simply looking to have a fun time and meet someone new. What better place to do that then a great barbeque joint?
“When we left there that’s all we talked about,” one of the men said. “When you make that kind of connection with somebody, it’s hard to let it ago,” one of the other men added. “I already feel like we’re her grandkids,” the third said with a laugh.
And after that very pleasant night, they have all met up again. Now, they hold a true place in their hearts for each other and there’s really nothing more special than a bond like this one.
“I used to say when I was younger, and I still say this today, I wanna change the world somehow. And I don’t know how because I’m not rich, I’m not famous and I’m not very smart either, so I can’t be the president. But we can show the world that it’s our right to be kind and maybe it won’t be before long that the world will be a much better place,” the man said.
Have you ever heard anything sweeter than that?
It is clear that these boys have hearts of gold and nothing but good intentions and we are so glad that they are actively working hard to make a difference in the world, however they can.
They just prove that you don’t necessarily need a lot of money or fame to make a change… You can start small within your own town right now.
And they clearly made such a positive impact on the sweet older woman!
Rooting for Eleanor and these boys — what a beautiful new family!
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