It’s something we all dread: the loss of people we love. It’s inevitable and each loved one lost takes a little piece of us with them when they go.
Particularly hard deaths are those of our parents. All our lives, they offer us guidance, mentorship, support, and a type of love that’s unimaginably strong. For many of us, our mothers and fathers are our rocks and losing them changes our lives forever.
Singer Andy Grammer’s mother passed away nine years ago and to say that he misses her is, of course, an understatement. As he tours the country performing for his fans, he often thinks of his late mom and misses her every step of the way. On a recent trip to a restaurant, the singer got a dose of motherly love he needed but never expected.
While out to eat in Hampton Beach recently, Grammer found himself feeling drawn to five elderly ladies enjoying breakfast at a nearby table. They stuck out because they made him think of his mom.
On Facebook, Grammer said, “Was sitting at breakfast in Hampton Beach and across the restaurant were five SUPER CUTE elderly ladies. I don’t know why but it made me miss my mom hard and I felt a strong urge to pick up their check.”
These days, acts of kindness can sometimes feel like social media attention grabs. Sadly, that makes people with the best intentions feel a little insecure about performing them, so Grammer’s initial plan was to just pay for their tab quietly and leave the restaurant.
But then he just had a gut feeling.
I was just gonna leave cause a lot of times it’s better to just do nice deeds without asking for acknowledgment but something felt like I should tell them I missed my mom, like they might like to hear that. So I walked over and said, “You are five of the sweetest ladies I’ve ever seen. I lost my mom awhile back and something about seeing you made me miss her this morning so I’m getting your check.”
It was at that point when he made a connection with one of the women that neither one had expected to make that day.
As he spoke, one of the ladies named Mary Conant got out of her chair and pulled him in for a huge hug. “Come here,” she said, “I lost my son and really needed this.”
The two of them were blown away, and the interaction reminded the singer that as human beings, we are really more connected than we often realize. Mary and Andy were meant to find each other that day and offer each other something they desperately needed as they grieved the people they’d lost.
Even better is that the two caught up again! You can hear more of their story in the video down below.
A bunch of you have been commenting about my last post and sharing and the cute little story got picked up by the local news. The woman saw the story on TV and came by before the set and we got to spend a little time getting to know each other. She is SO SWEET IT HURTS. Her Boston accent is everything. Also the pin on her shirt is a picture of her son that passed away. We are all so connected and when you have experiences that actually show the wires between us it’s mind blowing. #heraccentthough #mothersonhug #thehug
Posted by Andy Grammer on Wednesday, June 20, 2018
The universe works in mysterious ways, doesn’t it? The next time you feel connected to someone, tell them. You never know how much your kind words could change their world. And don’t forget to share this amazing story to warm someone else’s heart.