4-Year-Old Finds Unexpected Friend While Out Grocery Shopping With Her Mom

When Tara Wood brought her 4-year-old daughter, Norah, to a grocery store last week, she didn’t think they would be making a difference in someone’s life forever.

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Tara was grabbing cupcakes for her daughter when they passed an older man by himself, looking stern. Norah spotted him and shouted, “Hey old person, it’s my birthday today!”

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Quite the opposite of being mad that Norah yelled at him, the older man’s face lit up and he stopped to chat with the little girl. The pair talked for some minutes while a bemused Tara stood by. When it was time to go, Norah insisted that her mom snap a photo of her and the old man, who she called Mr. Dan.

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When Tara posted the pic online with the story below, she got a response back from a stranger, who said it was the first time he had seen the man, Dan Peterson, smile since his wife’s death in March. He had been suffering from anxiety and depression for six months, but the little girl had sparked something in him.

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Tara got in contact with Mr. Dan, and he and Norah have been fast friends ever since. “She has shown me a depth of love, a depth I didn’t know existed,” Mr. Dan told reporters who had gotten wind of the heartwarming story.

He said that he hadn’t had one night of uninterrupted sleep since the death of his wife until he met her. For Mr. Dan’s 82nd birthday last month, Tara and Norah surprised him with balloons, presents, and cupcakes!

He’ll also be spending time with them during the upcoming holidays. It seems that in that one trip to the grocery store, Norah got a new grandpa and Mr. Dan got a new lease on life. Share if you love the message of this adorable story!