This is a story of Leslie David from Ontario, Canada, who is a woman on the chase for adventure.
Aside from this, Leslie is a passionate photographer who just adores taking photos of abandoned houses and makes a career of it.
One of these adventures recently brought him the surprise of a lifetime, as Leslie discovered an abandoned house already in ruins. Once she came in the house though, she found what she never expected she would.
Leslie spotted a senior called Lawrence settled in the house and living in it full time.
She took the time to share her and the man’s story on her Instagram:
“He has a hard time getting around so he spends most of his time in there. Alone. He is missing his right eye and has cataracts infecting the left,” Leslie writes. “Even after noticing a stranger essentially helping themselves to his life he was nothing but sweet and kind to me. He was even nice enough to let me take his picture which I will always treasure. He is a beautiful soul and I plan on visiting him a lot.”
This is Lawrence. He lives in a house I had believed to be abandoned. The driveway is overgrown, the roof is caving in and the interior would lead anyone to believe this land had been deserted. I found him in the living room. He has a hard time getting around so he spends most of his time in there. Alone. He is missing his right eye and has cataracts infecting the left. Even after noticing a stranger essentially helping themselves to his life he was nothing but sweet and kind to me. He was even nice enough to let me take his picture which I will always treasure. He is a beautiful soul and I plan on visiting him a lot. I'm posting this picture in hopes that it will inspire at least one person to reach out to someone they may have lost contact with or perhaps just forgot about. These old souls are still full of life and I feel blessed to have met this one. #abandoned #thetourist #lost_souls #new_friends
Leslie promised to pay Lawrence another visits and praised him on his hospitality.
It wasn’t long after that Leslie came back to the house, bearing food and beverages for the man. The two had the most interesting conversations at the house.
“He is THE kindest man. He has melted my heart. I brought him some chilli and tea biscuits and some snacks for the next few days until I can make it back later this week,” she writes on her website. “I hope to have most of the trash cleared out and a few repairs done by the end of the summer. Give him a bit of his home back.”
Leslie kept on visiting Lawrence and brought him food whenever he needed it.
It became mind boggling for Leslie to understand someone would live in conditions like those, especially someone as nice as Lawrence. Their unusual friendship led her to finding out Lawrence once suffered a stroke and didn’t seek medical attention.
Lawrence, as a reuslt, found someone who for once cared for him and catered to his needs. He soon rediscovered his lost will to live.
Shortly after, Leslie decided to have friends and family help her rebuild Lawrence’s house.
This project was very dear to her heart, and she wanted to do anything possible to help out the forsaken man.
“He’s informed me of his funeral arrangements and has asked me to be there. I told him I wouldn’t have it any other way. He shared something with me that will stay with me forever.
He said the day I showed up was the best day of his life,” Leslie writes on her page. “As self-righteous as I feel writing that, I understand how he feels.
The best day of my life was when I met him. He gave me the chance to really do something for someone – an act of kindness with no expectation of reward. It’s a rare opportunity and I’m glad I was able to accept the challenge.”
Once the house was renovated, the two met and have been getting together ever since.
Lawrence was keen on speaking about his family, his long lost brother and his immediate family.
In several months, Lawrence fell ill and Leslie took him to a retirement home.
Leslie and Lawrence still meet, and Lawrence even got the chance to meet her dog.
Lawrence is now a proud owner of a new home, but keeps humble, knowing other people are often not as fortunate as he is.
Leslie says Lawrence’s story serves as a massive life inspiration which keeps her going:
“I’m posting this picture in hopes that it will inspire at least one person to reach out to someone they may have lost contact with or perhaps just forgot about,” she wrote on the website along with pictures of Lawrence. “These old souls are still full of life and I feel blessed to have met this one.”
Let’s all learn something from this story and use our means to do well for the world, being even the slightest.