Kindness is powerful. Not only does it brighten our lives, but it also sticks with us — sometimes for decades.
Throughout her career, Anita Scipio made many people’s days with her easy smile and delightful personality. That’s why the iHeartRadio receptionist’s last day of work was so bittersweet for her coworkers, who threw her an unforgettable retirement party… with a little help from a surprise visitor.
Thirty years ago, Anita greeted a man whose career was just beginning. She left a warm impression, so when he heard she was retiring, he decided to pop into her New York City office to repay the favor.
That man is actor Will Smith, and Anita couldn’t have been more thrilled to see him again!
Smith shared a video of their sweet reunion on Instagram. In it, we see the two of them embrace and catch up after so much time.
“You came in, you were just getting started,” Anita recalls. “And I met you then for the first time, and now to have you back again it’s full circle.”
She goes on to tell Smith she loves him, and the feeling is clearly mutual! Smith affectionately calls her “Mama,” which brings Anita nothing but joy.
While Anita was obviously excited, Smith might have been more so:
I met her at the front desk before one of my VERY FIRST interviews of my career… and yesterday I was lucky enough to see her off into retirement 30 years later. She said I made her day. Y’all… she made MINE. Enjoy yourself, Mama, and keep spreading that love and light wherever you go!
Could these two be any cuter? We’re so happy for Anita and wish her all the best as she starts this exciting new chapter. After all, as she assured Smith, she’ll be filling her days with fun, love, and happiness!
Watch the sweet reunion below, and share to congratulate Anita on her retirement.
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My favorite moments on the road are the ones where I can connect with people like @anitascipio. I met her at the front desk before one of my VERY FIRST interviews of my career… and yesterday I was lucky enough to see her off into retirement 30 years later. She said I made her day. Y’all… she made MINE. Enjoy yourself Mama and keep spreading that love & light wherever you go!
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