Six months after his wife died, 82-year-old Dan Peterson was at the grocery store when a little girl changed his life for the better.
As he was nearing the end of the canned vegetable aisle at a local Publix, a 4-year-old girl named Norah Wood tapped him on the shoulder.
“She stood up and said, ‘Hi old person, it’s my birthday today’” her mom, Tara, said.
She demanded a hug.
“I said, ‘A hug?!’ I said, ‘Absolutely!’” Dan said.
Norah got her hug and then asked her mom to take a picture of her with her new friend.
“She zeroed in on him like a missile. And she didn’t want anything from him,” Tara said. “She just wanted to make him feel loved and give him a hug. And his little lip quivered and he was teared up and it was just sweet.”
“And I said, ‘You don’t know. This is the first time, for quite a while, that I’ve been this happy,’” Dan said.
And the story doesn’t end there. As CBS News’ Steve Hartman reported, Norah now visits at least once a week.