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Man drops everything & runs to crying elderly neighbor on walk

February 26th, 2020

“She looked up at me through her large blinder style sunglasses and with a trembling voice said ‘I don’t have him anymore.’ My heart sank.”

Do you know what this man did, in light of the most terrible news anyone could ever hear? He rushed out onto the street and gave a total stranger the best hug ever!

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Facebook/Aldon O'neill Ward III Source: Facebook/Aldon O'neill Ward III

This man is the Mr. Rogers of his neighborhood, and he doesn’t even know it.

There’s a very good reason why Mr. Rogers was so popular. It’s because he was the sort of godly person who everyone wished lived right next door to them. And that’s exactly the sort of guy Aldon O’neill Ward III is!

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Facebook/Aldon O'neill Ward III Source: Facebook/Aldon O'neill Ward III

Aldon mostly puts a smile on people’s faces when they walk by his front yard, but one day when he noticed a familiar elderly woman with tears in her eyes, he knew in his gut that she wouldn’t be grinning or laughing anytime soon.

He didn’t even know her name, but that didn’t stop him from rushing out onto the street to give her a great big ol’ bear hug.

That right there automatically puts him in the category of the most amazing neighbor ever!

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Facebook/Aldon O'neill Ward III Source: Facebook/Aldon O'neill Ward III

Aldon shared the story of the bittersweet encounter, which was captured by his home’s security camera, on his Facebook page.

It all started back in 2011…

“Since 2011 I’ve seen an older couple walking the neighborhood every morning and evening. Matching windbreaker outfits, large white new balance sneakers and a stick in hand.”

Every day the couple would wave at Aldon and then blow kisses at his excited dogs. Rain or shine, they were always in a good mood.

“Always saying what a beautiful day it was even if they were walking in the rain without an umbrella. We never exchanged names but I knew where they lived and they knew where the boys and I lived.”

It continued like that over the years, with the couple occasionally stopping by for a quick chat.

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Facebook/Aldon O'neill Ward III Source: Facebook/Aldon O'neill Ward III

But in the present day, the story takes a heart-wrenching turn…

“I’m watering my freshly laid sod. Griswold, my standard poodle, is close by vigilantly protecting me from dragon flies and the occasional squirrel. A windbreaker suit swooshes slowly down the street below. Alone, the woman approaches. I wave, she waves. I exclaim in a joking manner, ‘where’s the better half?'”

The woman, whose name Aldon still did not know, slowed down and began to shake her head. You know, the kind of ominous shake that people give you when the news isn’t good.

“She looked up at me through her large blinder style sunglasses and with a trembling voice said ‘I don’t have him anymore.’ My heart sank.”

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Facebook/Aldon O'neill Ward III Source: Facebook/Aldon O'neill Ward III

Aldon acted on instinct, and rushed into the street with a tightness in his chest.

“‘Ma’am?’ I said, as I approached her. She turned and with tears streaming from behind here large sunglasses not another word was spoken, we hugged. Big hugged. Like she was my mom or my grandmother.”

The woman was immediately comforted by the hug and sobbed into Aldon’s chest for a moment.

“I’m just trying do the things that we used to so I still feel like he’s around…. I needed that.”

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Facebook/Aldon O'neill Ward III Source: Facebook/Aldon O'neill Ward III

Sometimes all you need is a heartfelt hug from a kind stranger to get through your day.

And sometimes we need to be reminded of all the selfless acts of kindness that still exists, and will always exist, so long as we have like Aldon out there.

Psst. Are you freaking crying yet?!

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Since 2011 I’ve seen an older couple walking the neighborhood every morning and evening. Matching windbreaker outfits, large white new balance sneakers and a stick in hand. Every day, they’d wave and blow kisses at the dogs. Always saying what a beautiful day it was even if they were walking in the rain without an umbrella. We never exchanged names but I knew where they lived and they knew where the boys and I lived. The year is 2015. The top and doors are off my Jeep and I’m returning from beach with Ares my red Doberman. I’m flipping through songs to use for an edit and started the Maroon 5 cover of “The Way You Look Tonight”. Volume maxed out I entered the neighborhood and made my way to my front drive. As I turned onto my street I saw the couple walking as usual with matching windbreaker outfits and big stick for protection (🤷🏻‍♂️). As I passed them en route to my driveway, they turned and looked at me with huger smiles on their faces. The man motioned for me to turn up the music just as I was reaching for the knob to turn it down. The huge mud tires whirred slowly to a stop On the concrete. After getting out of the jeep while they walked by the front yard, the man exclaimed “Sure is wonderful to hear stuff like that being played by a young’n!” As he he swung his wife’s hand up and over her head twirling her in her oversized all white NewBalance walking shoes with teal stripes. As the years flew by, they’d pass while I was working out, landscaping or wrenching on the truck. Anything from Alan Jackson and Metallica to Thomas Rhett and Lil Wayne would be pouring from my open garage door or split level front yard. They always smiled, they always waved and they always danced. Present day… I’m watering my freshly laid sod. Griswold my standard poodle is close by vigilantly protecting me from dragon flies and the occasional squirrel. A windbreaker suit swooshes slowly down the street below. Alone, the woman approaches. I wave, she waves. I exclaim in a joking manner, “where’s the better half?”.Her stride slowed and she began to shake her head. She looked up at me through her large blinder style sunglasses and with a trembling voice said “I don’t have him anymore.”My heart sank. I rushed down to the street already feeling tight in my own chest. “ma’am?” I said, as I approached her. She turned and with tears streaming from behind here large sunglasses not another word was spoken, we hugged. Big hugged. Like she was my mom or my grandmother. She sobbed into my chest for a moment and said “I’m just trying do the things that we used to so I still feel like he’s around…. I needed that hug more than you know, thank you for all the music.” Hug ‘em big, folks.

Posted by Aldon O'neill Ward III on Monday, February 17, 2020

Source: Sunny Skyz, Facebook, Love What Matters

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