4-Year-Old At Grocery Store Calls Lonely Widower ‘Old,’ And Mom Is Floored By His Response

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Tara Wood’s daughter Norah was gearing up to celebrate her fourth birthday. On the day before her big day, Norah happened to explain to Tara her affinity for elderly folks — their soft skin, their slow-moving gestures, and how, since they’re reaching the end of their lifespans, she wants to “love ‘em all up before they is died.”

Tara was so touched by Norah’s words that she shared them on her Facebook page.

The next day was Norah’s birthday, and after school Tara took her to the grocery store to buy some cupcakes.

After browsing the bakery, they stopped at a clearance section — and before Tara knew it, Norah was standing up in the shopping cart and waving directly at an old man standing in the same aisle.

“Hi old person! It’s my birfday today!” she proclaimed, desperate for the “stone-faced and furrow-browed” man to respond with just as much excitement.

Tara was mortified that Norah called him an “old person.” She wanted to apologize profusely, then quickly be on their way.

But just as Tara was about to shush Norah, the elderly man stopped and turned to look right at the little girl.

What happened next began a chain of reactions that changed the lives of not only the elderly man, but also Tara, Norah and their entire family.

[H/T: TODAY / Tara Wood, Writer]

Tara Wood is a 40-something stay-at-home mom and freelance writer. She and her husband Garrett have seven beautiful kids. Tara recently posted the following story on TODAY Parenting:

Tara Wood is a 40-something stay-at-home mom and freelance writer. She and her husband Garrett have seven beautiful kids. Tara recently posted the following story on TODAY Parenting:

“The day before my daughter Norah’s fourth birthday, she foreshadowed a remarkable event.

I’d just picked her up from preschool when she cautioned me to mind the elderly person walking across the parking lot at a glacier’s pace.

She went on to explain that she has a soft spot for mature folks: ‘I like old peoples the best ‘cos 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 it got kinda weird and dark at the the end there, but I liked where her heart was.

I was struck by her thoughtfulness and empathy and posted that quote as a status update on Facebook when we got home. I had no idea how much she really meant it.”

“The following day — her birthday — again on the way home from school, she asked if we could stop at the grocery store to buy celebratory cupcakes for her and her six siblings to enjoy after dinner.

How do you say ‘No’ to a birthday girl?”

“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. After we picked up the cupcakes, I stopped at a ‘Clearance’ shelf that caught my eye.

While I was distracted picking up and then dismissing the bottles of almost expired Ranch dressing and cans of Ensure, Norah was busy standing up in the cart, excitedly waving and gleefully proclaiming, ‘Hi old person! It’s my birfday today!’

The man was elderly, stone-faced, and furrow-browed. However, 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.

If he was troubled by my no-filter-having child, he didn’t show it. His expression softened as he replied, ‘Well hello little lady! And how old are you today?’”

They chatted for a few minutes, he wished her ‘Happy Birthday,’ and we went our separate ways.”

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