A creative photographer from Ontario, Canada, Leslie likes taking photos of old, abandoned homes, cars, and objects (things like roller skates, sewing machines, pianos, and so on), and her Instagram account is filled with artistic pictures of the decrepit yet beautiful spaces she finds in her travels.
One day, as Leslie was out taking pictures, she approached what she thought was an old abandoned home. Turns out, it wasn't--but what she found inside changed her life for the better.
Inside she bumped into Lawrence, a lonely man who had almost no vision and who lived by himself. The driveway of his house was overgrown, the roof was caving in, and the interior appeared deserted. But Lawrence lived there--and he seemed like a man who could use a friend.
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. He is missing his right eye and has cataracts infecting the left. Even after noticing a stranger essentially helping themselves to his life he was nothing but sweet and kind to me. He was even nice enough to let me take his picture which I will always treasure. 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. #abandoned #thetourist #lost_souls #new_friends
He allowed Leslie to take his picture, and chatted with her about his life. Then and there, she promised herself she'd stay in touch with her new friend, and try to brighten his days a little.
And that's exactly what she did.
She began occasionally popping over to visit Lawrence and bring lunch, keeping him company while he enjoyed the food. Along with a few of her friends, she helped him straighten up his house, moving furniture and getting rid of broken appliances that he could no longer lift.
Obviously taking a liking to his new pal, Lawrence invited Leslie to go to a church barbecue with him, and she was happy to oblige. "Our first outing!" she posted afterward. "I was so happy he had asked me and couldn't wait to go. It was great to see him out of the house and around the people he's known his whole life."
Update: A few weeks ago my friend asked if I would go to a church BBQ with him ... Our first outing!!! I was so happy he had asked me and couldn't wait to go. Tonight was our dinner date ... The food was amazing .. Provided by the local farmers in the neighbourhood and way too much pie baked by all their lovely wives. It was great to see him out of the house and around the people he's known his whole life. Driving home tonight I couldn't help but think to myself how lucky I am to have this opportunity to be a part of such a wonderful persons life. My friend is truly a blessing xo #thetourist #lost_souls #new_friends #abandoned
Some time later, Lawrence suffered a stroke and had to move into an assisted living facility, but Leslie still visits him often and wrote that he was doing "much better" in his new place.
"Safe and warm and seems to be fairly happy to be around some new people, although I know he misses home," she wrote.
Well it's been a while since I've posted anything about this handsome fella so I figured I'd give everyone following his story an update. After a prolonged stay at two different hospitals after his last stroke, Lawrence is now living at a local retirement home and doing much better. He's safe and warm and seems to be fairly happy to be around some new people, although I know he misses home. I bring my dog Violet with me when I go for my visits, and she has now become a favourite around the home and she seems to enjoy herself thoroughly (indulging in yet another cookie as seen above). His birthday is coming up shortly (Valentines day) and we can't wait to celebrate with him, properly... With less pastry for the puppy. 🎂🎉🚫🐶 #thetourist
We just love this sweet tale!