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Girl Shelters Older Lady Crying on Roadside, Next Day She Sees Her at Boyfriend’s Family Dinner – Story of the Day

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By Monica Otayza
Jun 15, 2022
02:00 P.M.

A kindhearted young woman found an old lady crying on the road one night after being robbed. The following day, she saw the old lady again, this time with her boyfriend's family, during dinner, where she decided to reveal something to the family.


Jeannie had been dating her boyfriend Alex for five years, but she had never met his family because they lived in New Jersey, while Jeannie and Alex lived in San Francisco.

After finally finding time off from work one week, Alex's family decided to pay Jeannie and Alex a visit. They bought tickets to San Francisco and planned to spend an entire week there.

Alex's family flew from New Jersey to San Francisco for a week. | Source: Pexels


The night before they arrived, Jeannie went to the grocery store to buy supplies for Alex's family. Meanwhile, Alex was at his home, preparing their rooms and for the grand dinner they were going to have the next day.

"Today is one of the best days of my life because my family has finally met Jeannie, my one true love," he began. "Now that we're all gathered here, there's one thing I've been aching to do…."

As Jeannie drove back home from the grocery store, she found an old lady crying bitterly on the side of the road. She couldn't help but pay attention to the old lady, so she stopped the car and asked if she needed any help.


"What happened, ma'am? Are you alright? It's not safe for you to be out here alone," she told the elderly lady.

Jeannie ran errands after work to prepare for Alex's family's arrival. | Source: Pexels


The woman continued to sob, sharing that a robber had snatched her purse from her as she was walking toward the bus stop.

"I visited my friend in the neighborhood and was walking to the bus station to get home when a tall man snatched my purse from my arms. He took my phone and my wallet," she cried.

"I'm sorry to hear that, ma'am. Do you want me to take you to the police station?" Jeannie asked.

The woman shook her head. "I can't remember what the robber looks like. It was too dark. It would be useless to go to the police station. I just don't know how I'm going to get home," she cried.


The old woman refused to go to the police station as she could not remember the robber's face. | Source: Pexels

"Where do you live? It's already late. Maybe I can call you a cab or even take you there," Jeannie offered.


"That's not necessary, dear. I don't want to cause any trouble; I live three hours away," the woman sighed.

Jeannie checked her watch and saw it was already ten in the evening. If she got a cab for the woman, she'd get home at one in the morning.

"You can stay in my place first," Jeannie offered. "It's too late for you to travel that far alone. Don't worry. Tomorrow, I'll take you to the bus stop so you can make your way home."

The old woman couldn't help but shed more tears at Jeannie's kindness. She thanked her profusely and rode the car with her.

Jeannie prepared her guest bedroom for the woman to sleep in that night. | Source: Pexels


The next morning, Jeannie drove the old woman to the bus stop before heading to work. She hugged the woman and told her to take care.

It was a big day for Jeannie, as it was finally the day she was set to meet Alex's family for the first time. At 6 p.m., she drove to Alex's house, where his family was already seated at the dining table.

"Mom, Dad, Granny Mila, little bro, this is Jeannie, my girlfriend," Alex said, introducing Jeannie as they walked towards the table.

Jeannie glanced inside the room, identifying each member of Alex's family. She had only previously seen his parents in pictures, but everyone else was practically strangers to her.


Alex introduced Jeannie to her family. | Source: Pexels

"Good evening, everyone. It's so nice to meet all of you finally," Jeannie said, smiling at everyone.


At the end of the table, she saw a familiar face and realized it was the old woman she had helped the night before. Jeannie's mouth opened wide, wanting to point out the fact that they had met before, but the old woman smiled mysteriously and put a finger to her mouth, asking Jeannie not to say a word.

During dinner, Jeannie got to know Alex's family more through their stories. Likewise, she was happy to share more about herself so that Alex's family could get to know her too.

Jeannie got to know Alex's family over dinner. | Source: Pexels


Towards the end of the dinner, Alex suddenly stood up to give a speech. "Today is one of the best days of my life because my family has finally met Jeannie, my one true love," he began. "Now that we're all gathered here, there's one thing I've been aching to do…."

At that, Alex dropped to one knee and proposed to Jeannie. He said:

"Jeannie, you are the most beautiful person I have ever met. You are kind, loving, respectful, and hardworking. I'd really love to spend the rest of my life with you. Will you marry me?"

Alex dropped down on one knee and proposed to Jeannie in front of his family. | Source: Pexels


The whole family was surprised and happy, clapping and squealing as they whipped their phones out to document the special moment.

Granny Mila smiled from ear to ear as she watched the proposal unfold. When the commotion was over, and everyone had settled down again after giving congratulatory hugs and taking pictures, the old woman stood up and asked to make a toast.

She walked toward Alex and Jeannie before sharing the incident that happened yesterday. "I guess not everyone knows that Alex here is a grandma's boy. He practically grew up with me, and he'd tell me his secrets ever since he was a boy. A couple of weeks ago, he shared his plan of proposing to Jeannie," she revealed.


Granny Mila requested to make a toast for the newly-engaged couple. | Source: Pexels

"I love you dearly, Alex, and you know I only want what is best for you. So I decided to check on Jeannie without anybody knowing. I told all of you that I flew into San Francisco a day early to be with a friend, but the truth is, I did so to see Jeannie," Granny Mila admitted.


Everybody was confused at this point, especially since Alex knew that today was the first time Jeannie had met his family. "Did you meet with granny yesterday?" he asked Jeannie curiously.

Before Jeannie could answer, his grandma continued with her story. "Yesterday, I pretended a robber snatched my purse at the corner of Jeannie's street. I remembered her address from those Christmas cards you used to send us back in New Jersey. I stayed there and cried, hoping she would pass by… and she did," the grandmother revealed.

Jeannie was surprised at Granny Mila's sudden revelation. | Source: Pexels


"Jeannie didn't hesitate to help me when she saw me. She stopped the car and offered to drive me, even if I said I lived three hours away. As it was getting late, she offered her extra room for me to sleep in for the night, and I accepted her offer. She didn't know I actually had my credit card and phone inside my pocket in case she didn't show up that night," Granny Mila continued to say.

"Because of that incident, I'm so relieved to find out that Alex found himself such a kind, generous, and compassionate woman. Jeannie, you are wonderful inside and out, and I know you and Alex will have a lovely union," she gushed. "Here's to Jeannie and Alex!"

"To Jeannie and Alex!" everyone replied, toasting to the newly engaged couple.


Granny Mila gave Jeannie and Alex her blessing. | Source: Pexels

Since that night, the happy family had always kept in touch. They were very involved in planning the wedding, and Jeannie and Alex were appreciative of that, especially since they both had work they needed to attend to.


After six months, they got married in a simple yet meaningful ceremony surrounded by their closest family and friends. Grandma Mila was there to celebrate the special milestone in his grandson's life and danced the night away alongside both sides of the family.

What can we learn from this story?

  • You are who you are when nobody is watching. Jeannie didn't know that the old lady on the side of the street was actually Alex's grandmother. She proved she was a person of good character when she helped the old lady without expecting anything in return. In the end, this showed Granny Mila how kind, loving, and caring Jeannie actually was.
  • If you have the opportunity to help someone in need, grab it. Jeannie could have easily driven past the old lady that night, but she stopped to help her. She knew she had the opportunity to help someone in need, and she took that opportunity.

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