A 93-year-old who lives alone has sent a handwritten thank you to a five-year-old neighbor who wrote to check in on him amid the UK lockdown. And, I'm crying.
Ron, a grandfather from the West Midlands, said he was “so pleased" to receive the correspondence from Kirah, the neighbor he'd only ever seen in passing before.
“I just wanted to check to see if you're ok?" wrote Kirah.
“I have drawn you a rainbow to remind you that you are not alone. Please write back if you can. From your neighbor at number 9."
Kirah's handwritten letter to Ron (@hey_im_ginger/Twitter)
Ron sent a response to Kirah telling her he was “keeping well so far."
“It was so nice to hear of your concern for me," he wrote.
“I was the first person to move into the crescent in 1955 and I have been here ever since."
“The situation with the coronavirus is very bad, and we must all do our very best to overcome it and hopefully come out of it in good health again."
“I thought your drawing of the rainbow was amazing and I am going to place it in my window for people to see," he continued.
“I would like to thank you again for writing to me and hope you will be able to be out of isolation soon – from Ron at number 24."
Ron's granddaughter Louisa Smith, shared photographs of the correspondence on Twitter.
My Grandad is 93 and currently in isolation of course - but is in very good health ☺️ - and he has recieved the mos… https://t.co/JtV0GoKDvo— LMS 🐾 (@LMS 🐾)1586165125.0
Smith told the PA news agency Ron does not know Kirah's family particularly well and has only seen them in passing.
Twitter loved it.
@hey_im_ginger @Mr_Dave_Haslam Same age as our neighbour we keeping an eye on...👍💥 https://t.co/Ndi87TnO4A— wayne holloway (@wayne holloway)1586211751.0
@hey_im_ginger Please tell your Grandad that he is an absolute legend. This has really warmed my heart. Stay safe ❤️— Kevin (@Kevin)1586196220.0
@hey_im_ginger And now we are all waiting for their next letters😍😍 I feel quite lifted by this a 5yr old and a 93yr old becoming mates 😍😍— aguerooooo (@aguerooooo)1586210874.0
@hey_im_ginger This is the loveliest thing! Really heartwarming. Your grandad is so sweet in his response and Kirah… https://t.co/vkQ1tHInfQ— Hattie Glenn (@Hattie Glenn)1586201345.0
@hey_im_ginger Thank you for sharing, that's lovely. I do hope when this is over they get to have tea together, or an ice cream. 🥰— Tattooed Mummy (@Tattooed Mummy)1586208344.0
“It was purely spontaneous," Smith said. “In the current circumstances I think that it is just wonderful to see uplifting stories like this… It's particularly lovely in an age of technology that they are handwritten letters."
“No matter the circumstance, goodwill and a kind heart will always bring generations together."