For most people, when they see an abandoned house, they see an eerie, run-down domicile. But when urban explorers like Leslie David see an abandoned home, they see an opportunity for adventure. On a recent exploration, however, Leslie found something entirely different.
Leslie came across this house during one of her excursions. “The driveway was overgrown, the roof was caving in, and the interior would lead anyone to believe this land had been deserted.”
That’s when she found Lawrence in the living room. The kindly old man has cataracts infecting his left eye, and his right eye is missing completely. He has difficulty moving around, so he spends most of his time alone at home.
Leslie was startled by how sweet and kind he was, even after she essentially broke into his house. He told her about his life, “struggles and hardships” over the course of three hours. She decided to continue seeing him on a regular basis, giving him food and friendship.
This is Lawrence during a “dinner date” with his new friend, Leslie. A week before the dinner, Lawrence suffered a stroke. He couldn’t move his hands, and it took him about five days to get medical attention. At a later date, they enjoyed barbecue and other foods while sitting outside and enjoying “the beautiful evening.”
Many volunteers helped her “remove his old fridge, stove, and chest freezer, along with numerous bags of garbage and other content. This was all made possible by a very generous company and a few awesome boys with big hearts and strong lower backs.”
Though Lawrence missed his home, he was happy to be around other people. He loves it when Leslie visits and brings her dog, Violet, who became “a favorite around the home.”
It’s amazing that a young woman like Leslie gave so much time, energy, and love to an older man who felt like he was forgotten. We hope more people will follow Leslie’s lead!
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