Jamario Howard’s act of kindness ended up changing his outlook on life.
As WBTV reports, Howard and his friends were at Brad’s Bar-B-Que in Oxford, Alabama last week when he noticed an elderly woman at a nearby table.
Howard wrote on Facebook that seeing the woman sitting alone prompted him to approach her:
My exact thoughts was, “Dang I’d hate to have to eat alone.” So after thinking about it a minute, I walked over to her and asked if I could sit with her.
The woman, Eleanor, told Howard he could sit down, and the two began talking.
Eleanor told Howard the sad reason she was alone that night — telling him that “she lost her husband and that tomorrow would have been their 60th anniversary.”
So tonight JaMychol Baker Tae Knight and myself went out to eat at this place called Brads in Oxford, and after us…
On hearing about Eleanor’s loss, Howard invited her to eat with him and his friends. She eagerly accepted.
Howard shared a photo of the four of them at dinner and wrote:
The point in this is always be kind and be nice to people. You never know what they are going through. This woman changed my outlook on life and how i look at other people. Everyone has a story so do not judge!
Since posting it online, Howard’s photo has been shared more than 48,000 times. Thousands more have commented on how touched they were by his act of kindness.
Being kind to others is only part of what Howard wants others to take away from his story. The other lesson is also a simple one. He wrote:
“I can’t stress this enough. GO SEE YOUR MOM AND YOUR GRANDPARENTS. They miss you!!”