Wilma Bray has the best neighbor in Jackson, Tennessee.
Wilma has lived in the same neighborhood for most of her life. Although her health has been failing for the past few years, she refuses to give up her independence, so her neighbors check up on her to make sure she’s okay.
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One neighbor in particular has been a constant companion to the 78-year-old: Caleb, a seven-year-old first grader who lives with his grandmother in the house next door.
Wilma has been fighting breast and lung cancer and she’s undergoing chemotherapy and radiation. Her granddaughter, Darrien Middleton, says Caleb visits Wilma “four or five times a day,” and told her it’s so he can “check on her, to make sure she wakes up from all of her naps.” He also makes sure she doesn’t need anything and sticks around to chat and keep her company.
It all started over a meal, after Wilma gave him an extra plate of food she had made.
“You would have thought Nana had given him a $100 bill. He was so grateful and thankful for a steak dinner,” Darrien said.
Darrien met Caleb while visiting her grandmother.
He doesn’t come from much, but you can tell he has been raised on love. He will bust out a dance move in a heartbeat, will go on and on about how much he loves school, and make you laugh until you cry. This kid deserves the love he has received from this post.
Darrien Middleton on Facebook
She was overcome by emotion when she got to know him and hopes one day he understands the impact he’s made on their lives.
“He stands out from the norm and brings so much joy into everyone’s life he is around. I am so thankful for him and the love he has shown my grandmother. I know for certain it has helped her on her hardest days. He will never know how much I truly appreciate him. I hope one day he realizes the impact he has left on her life and mine as well,” she continued to say on Facebook.
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They say it takes a village to raise a child. But it also takes a village to take care of a senior.
On Wilma’s porch, the difference in age, race, and gender didn’t matter, just love and an exceptional bond between a 78-year-old grandma and a seven-year-old boy who wants to make sure his friend and neighbor is okay.
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