The Internet is going wild for kind (and handsome) Canadian university student Godfrey Cuotto after a fellow passenger posted a picture of the 22-year-old on Facebook doing something most of us would be too uncomfortable, or self-conscious, to even consider.
Cuotto was riding a busy bus last week in Ontario, on his way home from McMaster University in Hamilton, when a man named Robert sat down next to him. No biggie, right?
Robert, who has cerebral palsy and is deaf, became overwhelmed as the crowds shuffling on and off the bus grew frenetic. Robert reached out to Cuotto for what the university student thought was a handshake. But Robert didn't let go.
Cuotto later told the Huffington Post Canada he thought it was some kind of prank, but quickly realized the man was looking for comfort. Cutto also let Robert hug and lean against him on the rest of the bus ride. Another passenger took a picture of the scene with a cellphone and posted it and this caption on the Facebook page Only in Hamilton:
"I didn't know if u can post this but I would liking to say thank you to the guy who was seating beside a special needs gentleman. He allowed him to hold his hand and find comfort well in a packed bus. It make [sic] my day when I see stuff like that."
Cuotto told HuffPo that he received a message via Facebook from Robert's family, thanking him for comforting their uncle.
No big deal for Cuotto, though. "Sometimes you just have to be selfless and put someone else's needs above yours," he said.