In Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Ayanna Toye Barrows was strolling along the sand with her daughter when a young kid approached them and struck up a conversation with her.
The child proudly displayed his shark tooth necklace as they started talking. The boy said farewell and fled away after a little while.
The boy returned a few minutes later, calling the Barrows’ daughter’s name, shocking the mother and daughter. She claimed that she was “greeted by his smile” as her daughter turned around. The young kid came back to explain to her daughter how his shark tooth necklace gave him special abilities.
Barrows posted her account and a picture of the two new pals on the Love What Matters Facebook page:
My daughter and I are on a sunset stroll in Myrtle Beach when this gorgeous and kind young kid approaches her from behind. The shark tooth around his neck is what he shows her. She responds with her name after he asks her and shares his with her. After saying their goodbyes, they separate ways and move in the opposite direction. A little while later, he returns sprinting and calling out my daughter’s name in what appears to be slow motion. When she turns around, he smiles at her. So they share a few words, primarily about his incredibly awesome shark’s tooth that reportedly granted him powers.
I asked his mother for her permission to shoot this image before they started to walk, talk, and race, and this is what I got. They were not directed or instructed to smile, and they showed no hesitancy at all. They hugged and said their goodbyes for approximately 20 times before we were done strolling and had to go.
This is a moment that we humans perceive as just simply seeing no color lines, no judgments, no race, no hate, no shades. The encounter of two young people on a stroll at dusk, carefree and only focused on each other, is just pure.
If more people behaved like these two children, the world would be a much better place.
Facebook users eagerly shared the mother’s post, which has been done more than 56,000 times. Readers remarked on the uplifting anecdote on the Facebook page.
“This goes beyond two kids saying hello. We can’t explain this connection or this understanding of spirit. I don’t think this narrative is done yet,” one reader said.
“Often I don’t comment, but this photo really spoke to me. Two incredibly lovely kids. The beauty of their environment and the innocence of their interaction,” a another person said. “Definitely a small piece of heaven on Earth there… I hope a copy of that photo is produced and placed in your daughter’s keepsake box.
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