(ANTIMEDIA) — In the wake of seemingly unending allegations of sexual assault and threats of nuclear war, a tweet from a New York City musician quickly went viral on Friday night when he shared a simple story about making a friend.
According to the man known on Twitter as “High Class Filth,” the duo met last summer while playing Words With Friends, a popular app by Zynga. Since their first encounter, the pair has “played 300+ games together.”
The budding friendship between a young man from New York and an older woman from Florida was exactly what the Internet needed at the end of a long week. The tweet racked up more than 403,000 likes and 96,000 retweets just hours after the two met in person for the first time during the man’s first ever trip to the Sunshine State.
What sets this friendship apart from others is quickly apparent when you see his tweet.
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? pic.twitter.com/VXDbNS4eUo
— High Class Filth (@Filth800) December 1, 2017
The man, who appears to be in his 20s, tweeted that his friend was 80 years old when their friendship began, making this a friendship that spans generations, races, and many hundreds of miles.
According to a response to the original tweet on Twitter, the pair met at the Hilton Garden Inn in West Palm Beach, FL.
The Internet quickly responded to the meeting, with some retweets beginning to go viral themselves.
yo this is fire https://t.co/uVD8CndNV2
— baby bone (@Pouyalilpou) December 2, 2017
Others shared their own stories of meeting kindred spirits playing Words With Friends.
I made a beautiful friend on WWF many years ago. I am American, she was from UK. We vacationed together here and in Perú. Then cancer took her a little over a year ago. So grateful for her presence, however short, in my life—and grateful you got to meet your WW Friend! God Bless!
— Patricia Cuxirimay (@patriciaturner) December 2, 2017
My mom always played words with friends with this lady from Florida. I wish I could remember her name. They played together before she got cancer and played until the day she died. They always messaged back and forth and kept up with each other. I hope I can find her sometime.
— Catalina Guzman (@TheCatalinaG) December 2, 2017
Some of the more popular responses on Twitter commented on the pair’s differences and the fact that technology was capable of bringing the unlikely pair together.
That’s super dope.. technology bringing people from different places and different generations together
— LJ (@trippysauce) December 2, 2017
An example of what happens when you welcome each being for the individual they are. When you take even just a moment to see what they’re about before you shut them out based on a label or combination that they fall under.
— Dannon Travis (@danimalsxoxo) December 2, 2017
To think, something as simple as a video game led to this kind of special friendship. Your smiles and warm hugs are heartwarming! ❤️
— Red ? (@Redpainter1) December 2, 2017
What an odd and unlikely duo! And what a wonderful thing to see as shit goes sideways in the USA. Thanks for sharing that with us. 🙂
— Steffani Cameron (Not a Nazi) (@SnarkySteff) December 2, 2017
This is one of the beautiful things about the Internet, age/race/location doesn't matter. You eliminate all those things that keep people separated. A friend from the other side of the globe is as close as the person who lives next door. May your friendship be long and happy!❤️
— MoriahWhite モライヤ ワイト (@MoriahSWhite78) December 2, 2017
Many more included gifs.
— Chinks (@ChinksChinks_) December 2, 2017
As one Twitter user so eloquently put it:
“What a wonderful thing to see as shit goes sideways in the USA.”