Man dining with his late wife’s photo
Courtesy Madi Bash
10/30/2014 AT 09:45 PM EDT
While eating her food, Bashizadah noticed an older man who appeared to be dining alone – until she saw a photo sitting on his table.
“The older gentleman was sitting down enjoying his meal and I noticed that he had a photo with him,” Bashizadah told The Huffington Post. “Automatically, I assumed she wasn’t here with us and I started tearing up because it was such a beautiful moment, but heartbreaking at the same time.”
Bashizadah, who posted a photo of the man on Twitter, discovered her assumptions were correct after other customers began to approach the diner and ask him about the couple in his picture. He explained the photo was of himself and his late wife, whom he was “happy and excited” to talk about. Endearing details of this widower’s touching love story quickly unfolded as he spoke with the curious patrons.
“We found out that she was his sweetheart, his wife, who passed away five years ago. They met at 17, but the war had kept them apart,” Bashizadah said. “He had searched for her for 10 years and one day as he was telling his barber the story, the barber calls his daughter in and it ends up being her. They were married instantly and it lasted for 55 years until she passed. He takes her photo everywhere.”
Bashizadah isn’t the only diner to come across the caring man and his beautiful story. Earlier in October, imgur user soulrose met the same gentleman and heard about the devotion he has to his wife, even after her passing.
The elderly man explained to soulrose that he kisses the photo goodnight each evening and still celebrates his late wife’s birthday and their wedding anniversary. The man also imparted some kind and compassionate advice before their conversation ended.
“People are like candles,” the man said, according to soulrose. “At any moment a breeze can blow it out, so enjoy the light while you have it.”