‘It was a touching sight’: Viral photos capture the heartwarming moment a waiter sat and bonded with a 91-year-old WWII veteran who was sitting alone in the restaurant
・Lisa Meilander was dining at Eat’n Park restaurant in Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania, on Saturday when she saw server Dylan Tetil, 24, speaking with an elderly man
・The teacher took photos of the moment and shared them on Facebook
・She recalled how Dylan listened attentively while the lonely veteran talked about how he lost his hearing during World War II
・After bringing the man his meal, the server asked if he could sit down with him
・Lisa’s post has been shared 69,000 times and received 235,000 likes since Saturday, with many people praising the server for his kind heart
To bond (verb)
Macmillan Dictionary によると ” to develop feelings of love, friendship, or duty towards other people, or to make someone develop these feelings “という風に記載されています。
He never felt like he bonded with any of the other students.
The hospital gives mothers no quiet private time in which to bond with their babies.
Cambridge Dictionary によると ” in a way that is attentive (= listening carefully or giving careful attention): “という風に記載されていますね。
The children sat listening attentively to the story.
These developments are being watched attentively.
A waiter has captured the hearts of thousands with his simple act of kindness after photos of him chatting with a 91-year-old World War II veteran who was dining by himself went viral.
Lisa Meilander was eating dinner with her family at Eat’n Park restaurant in Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania, on Saturday evening when she saw their server Dylan Tetil, 24, speaking with the elderly man.
The preschool teacher was so moved by the heartwarming moment that she took photos of them and shared them on Facebook, where she recounted Dylan’s conversation with the lonely veteran.
To recount (verb)
Cambridge Dictionary によると ” to describe how something happened, or to tell a story: “という風に記載されていますね。
He recounted his adventures since he had left home.
She recounted her conversation with Sam.
In her post, she explained that they didn’t really see the man come in, but they did notice when Dylan ‘dropped to one knee to look him eye-to-eye as he got ready to take his order.’
‘The man apologized for not hearing too well. He had forgotten to put in his hearing aids,’ she wrote. ‘He talked about how he lost his hearing during his time in the war. He was 91 years old with many stories to tell. Dylan patiently listened giving him his full attention.
‘Eventually the man apologized for talking so much. “I’m alone now,” he said, “and I don’t often have someone to talk to.” Dylan smiled and said he enjoyed listening.’
Lisa said the server helped the man with his order before returning to the kitchen. She noted she clearly wasn’t the only one eavesdropping that day, as numerous people offered to pick up the man’s check, herself included.
‘After the man received his food Dylan came back to say he was on a break. He asked if he could sit with the gentleman as he ate,’ she said. ‘As we left the restaurant the two of them were conversing and many people seated nearby were smiling. It was a touching sight.
To eavesdrop (verb)
Macmillan Dictionary によると ” to listen to other people’s conversation without them knowing that you are listening “という風に記載されていますね。
He was eavesdropping on our conversation.
‘With all of the negative stories about our youth today this was a breath of fresh air,’ she wrote at the end of her post. ‘I wonder if I would have been as kind and attentive if I were the one working there. One thing’s for sure, if you are ever at Eat’n Park in Belle Vernon, ask for Dylan. If he’s your waiter you‘re certain to get great service.’
Lisa shared two photos of the men: one shows Dylan on one knee, taking the man’s order, and in the other, they are sitting across from each other in a booth while the veteran eats his dinner.
The post has earned 235,000 likes and been shared more than 69,000 times since Saturday. Thousands of commenters have praised Dylan and thanked Lisa for sharing the story.
‘Thank you for posting this story,’ one person wrote. ‘Praise God for men like this elderly gentleman who served his country well, and thank God for young men like Dylan who stop and listen to the stories from elderly gentlemen. God bless you all.’
Another added: ‘We need more young people like you in this world.’
a breath of fresh air (noun)
Cambridge Dictionary によると ” someone or something that is new and different and makes everything seem more exciting: “という風に記載されていますね。
Angela’s so cheerful and lively – she’s like a breath of fresh air when she visits.
Macmillan Dictionary によると ” listening to or watching something carefully “という風に記載されていますね。
an attentive audience
Jurors were attentive, taking notes during her testimony.
Dylan, a radiology student at Westmoreland County Community College, has been working at the restaurant for three months. He told Trib Live that he had never seen the man before.
‘I could tell as soon as I went up to him that he was eager to talk,’ he said. ‘I brought him out his water, and he was like, “Please come back,” and I said, “You know I will.”‘
Dylan said he sat with the man for a bit after he brought him his dinner, which consisted of grilled chicken, mashed potatoes, and apple pie.
After checking on his other tables, he returned to the man’s booth to talk with him some more. The college student said the veteran told him about his life and his war stories from World War II.
‘It was just two human beings talking,’ he said of their connection.
Other servers believe the man is a regular, though they don’t know his name. Eat’n Park spokesman Kevin O’Connell told Trib Life that the restaurant chain hopes the man returns.
‘We call ourselves “The Place for Smiles,” and we train our employees to look for opportunities to serve,’ he said. ‘Dylan obviously really embraced that goal.’
go up (verb)
Cambridge Dictionary によると ” to reach as far as something: “という風に記載されていますね。
The path going up to the back door is very muddy.
Let’s go up to London next week.
最後に、内容が理解でき、新しい単語も知ることができたら、必ずCambridge Dictionaryか、Macmillan Dictionaryで例文を読むようにしてください。そして一番シンプルで、自分が日常使いしときやすそうなもをノートやスマホに書き溜めておいてください。そしてこれを移動中の時などに声に出して覚えることが本当に大事です！（電車では難しいので、僕はよく歩きますw）