In the midst of all the heartbreaking and disturbing events of the last week, a glimmer of hope has arisen in the form of a photograph posted on social media.
When an elderly woman noticed a young man struggling with his tie at an Atlanta subway station, she prodded her husband to come to his rescue.
He did — without hesitation.
Facebook user Redd Desmond Thomas was there to record what transpired, and posted his photo on Facebook. Since Friday, the photo has gone viral.
Accompanying the photo, Thomas wrote (paragraph breaks added for clarity):
: [HUMANS & HUMANITY]
The young guy sitting down was struggling with his tie. The woman in the red coat noticed, and asked ‘Do you know how to tie it properly?’ The young guy said ‘No ma’am.’
She taps her husband and says ‘Come to this side [her right side; he was standing on her left side] and teach this young man how to tie his tie.”
The older gentleman moved without hesitation [almost a reflex response] and gave him a step-by-step tutorial; then – afterward – the elder gentleman watched the young gentleman repeat the steps and show him that he had it.
I was some distance away (but close enough to hear the exchange), and got even closer to snap this candid photo of the tutorial in progress before hopping on the train. I LOVE THIS!
This has been a tough week. College campuses were shut down and last week administrators forced out over perceived acts of racism. The streets of Paris erupted in violence Friday night with brutal attacks by Islamic extremists.
And then we see this photo and description, and realize maybe the whole world hasn’t gone mad after all.
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