An old man fears he’ll die soon and ends up calling the cops so he isn’t alone on his 101st birthday. Little does the man know his life will never be the same after that day. 101-year-old Frank sat at his dinner table, staring blankly at the cake he’d bought from his neighborhood bakery.
Although there was no one by his side to greet him on his special day, when he woke up that morning, he was optimistic that he would celebrate his birthday cheerfully and without complaint.
However, a few minutes after getting ready, a feeling of loneliness came over Frank. He sighed sadly as he glanced at his house, worrying that this might be his last birthday and he wouldn’t be around for the next one. Unfortunately, all his friends had gone to their heavenly homes and his neighbors were too busy with their own lives to celebrate with him.
Frank eventually got up from the table and went to his kitchen cupboard to get the candles, thinking he would blow them out and cut the cake himself. But then his eyes caught his phone and an idea hit him.
“Should I?” he wondered, unsure of his idea. In the end, he decided to go for it and called 911.
“911. What is your urgent matter?” asked the dispatcher.
Frank hesitated. “Uh, well, my name is Frank Williams, and I’m 101 years old…”
“All right Sir. How can we help you?” – asked a male voice.
“I – I’m alone today, and I don’t want to be alone right now, you see.”
“Are you in danger, sir? We have your location and can ship the unit immediately. Can you tell us more about the nature of your problem?”
“It’s my birthday,” Frank finally said, “and I’d like to celebrate it with someone. I realize it’s not an emergency, but I couldn’t think of anyone else to call. I beg you. Please help me!”
The phone suddenly went silent, and Frank heard a soft whisper.
“Okay sir, I’m putting you in touch with one of our responders. The unit is on its way. Please remain calm,” the man said when he returned the call. Then a woman’s voice appeared on the other end of the line.
“Don’t worry, sir. This is Officer Woods. “We got your address and my colleague and I will be there right away,” the woman told Frank.
“The thing is…” Frank was about to say something but the phone went silent as his battery died and the call ended. Fearing the worst, the officers decided to go to the address as soon as possible. They realized they had no time to waste.
Meanwhile, Frank was waiting and wondering if the cops were going to come and if they were really going to stay at his place for his birthday. Being alone on his 101st birthday could pass as a danger to him as he feared he wouldn’t live much longer, but would the cops accept that?
A few minutes later, Frank’s bell finally rang. He walked to the door, leaning on his cane for support, and saw two police officers waiting on his porch.
“My name is Reese Woods and this is my partner, Constable Simon Caldwell,” the woman replied as she displayed her badge. “We received a call some time ago. Are you ok?”
Frank nodded. “You see, I really wanted to celebrate my birthday and I ended up calling the police. My daughter was once in the police and lost her life saving someone’s child. I know this service has its flaws, but my daughter told me that the police always protect and serve the citizens. I hope you’ll stay for my cake cutting…”
As Frank said this, Simon frowned. “I told you this was a bad idea, Reese! Do we really have to stay for this thing? We have better things to do!”
But Reese didn’t listen to Simon. “Of course, sir.” I’d like to. And yes, you were right to invite us. We protect and serve our citizens, which certainly includes celebrating a senior citizen’s birthday. Can we come in?”
“Oh, please, please,” Frank said, smiling through his tears.
Frank led the officers through the living room to the dining room table, where he finally blew out the candles on his cake and cut it as the two officers sang a happy birthday song.
With tears in his eyes, Frank thanked them and served them generous slices of cake. He then asked them to spend some more time with him while he went to the kitchen to make them some tea.
“There is no need for all this!” We’re late!” Simon grumbled, trying to hide the anger in his voice, and Reese glared at him.
“That’s downright mean, Simon,” she whispered. “He’s a lonely old man.” It is our duty to take care of the elderly men and women and every citizen for that matter, so stop being mean!”
At this point, Simon had no choice and agreed to stay with Reese.
As Frank brought the officers tea and biscuits, he began to share his story, which Simon didn’t want to hear. However, he had no choice now.
“My wife and I only had one daughter,” Frank said. “She was our world and she was a beautiful officer just like you,” he said, looking at Reese. “But God had other plans.” He picked it up very quickly.
“After my daughter died, my wife could not bear the grief and left quickly. I’ve been single ever since. I know Officer Caldwell is not happy to be here, but I want to thank him… Thank you very much, officers. Because of you, I have to spend my birthday with someone. I will be at peace now if God calls me home soon. Thank you, – he said, and his eyes filled with tears.
Simon could see how sad Frank was when he said this and he regretted his earlier behavior. He apologized and the two officers wished Frank a happy birthday again before he left his home. But things did not end there.
After spending Frank’s birthday with him, Reese occasionally visited Frank with her children, Mia and John. Her children loved spending time with old Frank, as he always shared his daughter’s cop adventure stories with them and was happy to treat them to pizza and Coke.
They even started calling Frank “Grandpa” out of affection. “Grandpa Frank is the best, Mom!” My five year old always called her Reese. “He tells us stories and gives us delicious food!”
Thanks to Reese’ good heart, old Frank lived out his final years with much happiness. When he died at 102, after celebrating another birthday with Reese and her family, he left his home, which Reese turned into a retirement facility.