“At the top of the steps, he grabbed me and said, “Translate for me. Tell this woman that she changed my life.” And then he gave her the biggest hug that I have ever seen. He held on to her for what seemed like 5 minutes – a total stranger.
He finally lets go and walks away.
I speak with the woman. She is crying uncontrollably. She tells me, “My husband died 30 years ago and I am so lonely. I loved him so much and he would always give me the biggest hugs. I miss those so much. I came here today begging God to send me a sign that He loves me, that my husband is still there, that he loves me. And then this boy comes and gives me the most wonderful hug in the past 30 years. You tell that boy that – he changed my life.”’
I was speechless.
And Alex? He was transformed that day. She really did change his life. Her sacrifice, her willingness to tackle those 28 steps at her age was the most impressive and valuable thing he had ever witnessed in his life.