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Explorer Finds An Unlikely Friend In A Building She Thought Was Abandoned

A Canadian woman named Leslie is known as The Tourist because she is an “urban explorer” who visits and photographs old and abandoned buildings throughout Ontario.

Leslie had been out exploring on her birthday back in 2015 when she decided to stop at a decaying house that she had long wondered about.

In a moving series of social media posts, Leslie explains how entering that house changed her life forever.

She begins: “This is Lawrence. He lives in a house I had believed to be abandoned. The driveway is overgrown, the roof is caving in and the interior would lead anyone to believe this land had been deserted. I found him in the living room. He has a hard time getting around so he spends most of his time in there. Alone."

Leslie also pointed out that despite her uninvited intrusion into his life, he was nothing but sweet and kind.

The post continues: “He is a beautiful soul and I plan on visiting him a lot. I’m posting this picture in hopes that it will inspire at least one person to reach out to someone they may have lost contact with or perhaps just forgot about. These old souls are still full of life and I feel blessed to have met this one.”

She put up this comment with a pic of the old man’s broken-down home: “The house that stole my heart – this is the exterior of my new friend’s home. Tonight we sat outside and enjoyed the beautiful evening. He explained to me how his injuries started in 2000 when a bull fractured his hip. He told me of his brother’s illness and how they have lost touch.

He said I was a blessing to him. I told him I couldn’t put into words what he means to me.”

Leslie goes on to note that they almost immediately became good friends: “Tonight was the first of what will be many dinner dates with my new friend. Over the course of 3 hours we ate and drank and laughed. I was fortunate enough to hear about his life. His struggles and his triumphs. This truly was one of the best experiences of my life & I can’t wait to share another meal with such a gentle soul.”

The decision to stop by the old man’s dilapidated home on her birthday was clearly kismet, as Leslie explains in a later post: “An update on my friend – he is in good spirits and is very happy to have some room in his home. I’ve managed to 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. He is beyond grateful, not just to me. He knows you are all following his story.”

As Leslie writes in her most recent post, it turns out their friendship is going to be short and bittersweet: “After a few recent visits to the doctors, it’s apparent that his health is declining, rapidly. These may be the last few months I have with my friend and I plan to make them as comfortable and enjoyable for him as possible. He’s informed me of his funeral arrangements and has asked me to be there. I told him I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Source: Little Things
Photo: The Tourist/Instagram

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