After hearing this incredibly sweet story of unlikely friendship, I’m going to think twice the next time I get invited to play an online game.
A year ago, a 21-year-old man named Spencer Sleyon from Harlem met Roz Guttman, an 80-year-old woman from Florida and the duo went on to play more than 300 games of Words with Friends together.
In a tweet that sent waves of smiles through Twitter, Sleyon posted images of his first meeting with his Words with Friends pal with the caption, “so last summer I randomly met this 80 y/o woman on words with friends. we played 300+ games together and she actually ended up becoming a good friend of mine. today I got to go to Florida and meet her in person.”
Well, the Twitterverse couldn’t get enough of his sweet story and his tweet went on to collect over 1 million likes and more than 240K retweets. And it’s no wonder, because these two friends are truly awesome.
According to viral accounts of this amazing story, Sleyon was bored one day and looking for a game to play online. He told The Root, “… and that’s how I ended up finding her. And we pretty much played every day for five months.” In time, the two became friends and started sharing personal details, even giving each other advice.
The two friends met thanks to Pastor Amy Butler of Riverside Church in Morningside Heights in New York. Pastor Butler also took to Twitter to share the sweet story of Sleyon and Guttman’s meeting and the story went viral on her page as well.
In a kismet set of circumstances, Sleyon would discover six degrees of separation between he and Guttman one night while chatting with a friend in New York. Sleyon had only been in New York for a short time and managed to reconnect with Hannah, an old school chum, who turned out to be Pastor Butler’s daughter.
Pastor Butler told The Root, “One night, a few months ago, they started a conversation about who their best friends were, and Spencer said, ‘My best friend is an 80-year-old white woman who lives in a retirement community in Florida,’ and I said, ‘What?’”
Not long after a brief conversation with Hannah, Pastor Butler decided to take matters into her own hands. She asked Sleyon if he wanted to connect with Guttman and his answer was yes. When Pastor Butler reached out to Guttman, she discovered that the feisty and hilarious woman was “like a Golden Girls character.”
After some careful planning, the two friends met last week and melted the Internet’s heart with pictures of their first face to face.
When asked why he thought their story went ultra-viral, Sleyon told The Root, “Besides the obvious — the fact that I’m a young black male and this is an old white woman — a lot of people enjoyed the fact that we were able to get so close, especially given the tension in the country.”
Wishing these two continued friendship for years to come!