As we get older, friends pass away and children start their own lives. It also becomes harder and harder to participate in the community.
Unfortunately, many elderly people suffer from isolation. This comes with not only emotional effects but poses health risks as well.
Luckily, one 90-year-old woman from California was able to find a new friend in a unique way. One day, Marleen Brooks found an unexpected note on her door.
The letter was absolutely heartbreaking. “Mrs. ?” the note started.
“Would you consider to become my friend. I’m 90 years old — live alone. All my friends have passed away. I’m so lonesome and scared.”
Brooks had never met her neighbor, but after receiving the note, she knew exactly what to do. That evening, she grabbed some cupcakes and went to introduce herself.
She soon found out that her new friend’s name was Wanda. Wanda had been living in the same house for over 50 years and had never met her neighbors.
Thanks to Brooks, that all changed. Brooks also shared the letter she had gotten with KTVU host Frank Somerville who then posted about it on Facebook.
He hopes that it will serve as a reminder for others to reach out to the elderly people in their communities as well. “If you know someone like that in your neighborhood maybe consider going over to their home and saying hi. Maybe bring them some cookies too,” he advised.
Later, he posted a happy update. “She’s such a sweet lady! And she was over the moon when we came over,” Brooks wrote to him.
Wanda was nervous about the note she had left but was incredibly grateful that Brooks came over. “I hope you didn’t think I was stupid for writing you, but I had to do something. Thank you so much for coming over,” she told Brooks.
Now, Wanda and Brooks both have another friend. Hopefully, their friendship can remind us all that we can always reach out to those around us.