When 86-year-old Edwin Holmes was invited to dinner by 22-year-old Ellie Walker, he refused to pass up the opportunity to put on his Sunday best.
Because the young Sainsbury’s worker heard that the elderly widower spends most of his days alone, she offered to spend some times with him to break apart the drudgery of his life.
But little did the 22-year-old woman expect, but Holmes jumped at the opportunity to eat dinner with a pretty young lady. He wore his best suit and even brought flowers.
It all happened after Walker learned that Holmes had no close family and friends – and that he would spend Christmas day alone. She wasn’t going to let that happen to a good old man…
But Walker was surprised to see the man so well dressed and with flowers! She was reduced to tears because she realized that her tiny act of kindness meant a lot to this elderly gentleman.
Ellie told The Sun: “He said it was his first ‘date’ in 55 years and he was as nervous as a schoolboy.
“It made me cry because I could see how much it meant to him. For me it’s the most important part of my job to speak with customers and see how their day is going.”
For the past three years, Ellie had worked at the Leeds branch of the Sainsbury’s grocery store. Holmes is a frequent costumer who pops in on most days that Ellie works to chat with staff and Ellie, of course.
During one of their encounters at the supermarket, Ellie learned he would be alone for Christmas so she offered to take him out on a date.
Because they hit it off so well on their date – despite their 64-year age difference, they have become fast friends and continue to get coffee and hang out.
“He is without a shadow of a doubt my favorite customer. He is the cutest man and so chatty.
I thought if it was my granddad and he was alone I would want someone to talk to him. I see him regularly now and we meet for coffee. It’s nice to be able to chat with him.”
Edwin is a retired painter and home decorator. He was floored when Ellie invited him on the dinner date and loves that they have a friendship now.
“The dinner made me very happy as it was unexpected and I had very pleasant company.”
Holmes lives in sheltered housing close to the grocery store and lost his wife in 2006 after 45-years of marriage.
He has no family in the country, because his daughter and grandchildren live in Australia.
Holmes put a lot of thought into the whole date. Since it was his first one in a long time – since before he was married back in the 60s – he did not want to mess it up.
“As for the suit, it was my first date for about 55 years, and I got the flowers because I wasn’t going to go empty handed.”
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