Widower Keeps Late Wife’s Memory Alive by Dining with Her Photo

Widower Keeps Late Wifes Memory Alive by Dining with Her Photo

Man dining with his late wife’s photo

Courtesy Madi Bash

10/30/2014 AT 09:45 PM EDT

What was supposed to be an uneventful stop at a Fremont, California, In-N-Out Burger for Madina Bashizadah turned into a lesson of the power of love.

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.”

Widower Keeps Late Wifes Memory Alive by Dining with Her Photo
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Ashlee Simpson Has Switched Up Her Do: See the New Cut!

10/30/2014 at 04:04 PM ET

Quick: Close your eyes and think of either Simpson sister’s hair. You pictured long, loose, flowing, baby-blonde waves, right? Well, we’re delighted to inform you that both sisters are now sporting sassier, shorter dos — first Jessica, who went short on Saturday, followed by little sis Ashlee, who debuted an extensions-free coif at last night’s amfAR gala.

Ashlee Simpson Has Switched Up Her Do: See the New Cut!amie McCarthy/Getty; Christopher Polk/Getty


Both sisters walked down the aisle with their signature super-long locks earlier this summer, but they both seemed to be have bitten by the hair change bug at about the same time.

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But while Jessica’s new cut is angular and bold, Ashlee’s is a familiar look for her, just minus a few inches (or eight). She also appears to have new face-framing layers cut and a slightly darker blonde wash from roots to tips. And though we never know in Hollywood, it appears to be all her own hair.

Are you loving her shorter, shaggier look? Do you miss the long look? Share thoughts below!

–Alex Apatoff

Ashlee Simpson Has Switched Up Her Do: See the New Cut!
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Alison Sweeney Says Goodbye to Days of Our Lives

10/30/2014 AT 08:30 PM EDT

She was loved, she was loathed, but Sami Brady was never ignored.

And Thursday, her final day in the fictional town of Salem, was no exception. As Sami left for Hollywood, Alison Sweeney, who played the character for 21 years, posted an emotional farewell to her fans on Facebook.

“We’ve been through a lot together, haven’t we?” she wrote. “It was quite literally a dream come true for me … I’m proud of who I’ve become as a result of my 21 years in Salem.”

The reality host announced in January she would be leaving the daytime drama later in the year to spend more time with her family.

Since filming her final scene on May 23, Sweeney has announced she will add directing to her Biggest Loser hosting duties, as she will be helming episodes of ABC soap General Hospital.

Back in June, Sweeney told PEOPLE, “It was hard to keep it together,” of shooting her farewell scene. “My kids [Benjamin, 9, and Megan, 5] were there, so I feel like that helped me avoid the ugly cry. But I totally had tears streaming down my face.”

And though fans won’t see her on Days any more, Sweeney assured them she’ll still be around.

“I’m still going to be around okay?! So this isn’t really goodbye. At least it isn’t goodbye for me. This is just my opportunity to say a great big, sincere, tearful, THANK YOU. For everything. Every cheer, every tear, every tweet, post and letter. Thank you for investing in me and my character.”

Alison Sweeney Says Goodbye to Days of Our Lives
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Saturday Night Live’s Michael Che Criticized for Sexist Comments on Viral Street Harassment Video

10/30/2014 AT 08:05 PM EDT

Saturday Night Live funnyman Michael Che started a social media firestorm when he joked about street harassment on Facebook.

“i wanna apologize to all the women that ive harassed with statements like ‘hi’ or ‘have a nice day’ or ‘you’re beautiful.’ i cant image what that must feel like,” he wrote in the post, which has since been deleted but Business Insider captured in a screenshot.

“the closest thing I’ve experienced is maybe when a girl recognizes me from tv and they say things like “AHHHH!! OH MY GOD!! SNL SNL SNL!! TAKE A PICTURE!! TAKE A PICTURE!! I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!! WHATS YOUR NAME AGAIN?! THANK YOU!! WAIT SAY SOMETHING FUNNY!!’ “, he continued, “but even that is nothing like the harassment of having a complete stranger tell me to ‘smile.’ “

His comments refer to the viral video released by Hollaback! that shows a woman being catcalled more than 100 times in 10 hours as she silently walked down the street with a hidden camera.

Che, 31, began writing for SNL in 2013 before getting his big break on camera as a “Weekend Update” anchor this season. He has defended his remarks with more humor, re-Tweeting critics and cracking, “can we all agree on cookies!! i think cookies are GREAT!!” on Instagram.

“i think some of u are misunderstanding that post,” he Tweeted on Wednesday. “im simply just making fun of something that is important to a lot of people.”

His Twitter bio? “satire.”

SNL is not commenting on the controversy.

Do you think Che took the joke too far? Sound off in the comments below.

Saturday Night Lives Michael Che Criticized for Sexist Comments on Viral Street Harassment Video
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