Alyssa Hacker was at Target with her toddler, trying to decide which one of three dinosaurs to buy her son, when she was met with a gesture so kind that it moved her to tears.
Her toddler, Owen, who's an only child, abruptly yelled "Hi!" at an older man walking past.
"He turned around and said, 'Hey sweet boy,'" Hacker wrote on Facebook. "He proceeded to play dinosaurs with Owen, and with this crazy world we live in I was a little hesitant as too how close he was with Owen."
this momma just cried in the middle of Target. We were at target waiting on Grammi and we found some dinosaurs. Owen grabbed all 3 and we were trying to pick out which one he wanted when Owen...
It's understandable for Hacker, from Coweta, Oklahoma, to have been a little cautious, but then the man did something unexpected. He pulled out a $20 bill and put it in Owen's shirt pocket. What he said next shows that you never really know what's happening in other people's lives.
"I just lost my 2-year-old grandson last week. You take this money and buy this boy all three dinosaurs," he told Hacker. Then the grandpa rubbed Owen's back, wiped his tears and walked off.
His actions spoke volumes. Grief can creep up on you when you least expect it, but this grandpa decided to take his grief and turn it into something good and joyful for another mother and her son.
"There is still some good in this world," Hacker wrote. It was also a much-needed reminder for the hundreds of thousands of people who read her post to squeeze their loved ones a little tighter.
Owen, who by the way didn't forget to say thank you to the man, is now somewhat of a star. Hacker told Mom.me that she never expected her post to turn into what it has and to reach so many people. Even the receptionist at the hotel they were staying at recognized the tot.
"I've received some positive and negative feedback but I think that comes with anything," she said. Hacker is just thankful that Owen "has blessed so many others."
Oh, and if you're wondering, the little dude loves his dinosaurs and takes one everywhere he goes.
This is my grandmother, Cherry, with her younger sister, June. They were dancers and performed all over the country—including with the Ziegfeld Follies in New York. My grandmother stopped dancing in 1938 when she married my grandfather. Her real name was Cleno Cerentha Preisser—which is where I got my name. She died before I was born and while I carry her name, my two left feet mean I won't be following her onto the dance stage! – Cerentha