Matthew Ballestero was visiting Starbucks when he noticed the people sitting next to him. It was an elderly couple who were working with simple alphabet flash cards. When he talked to them, the man explained that the woman had lost her memory due to a stroke, and he was teaching her how to read again. He snapped a quick photo of them, and when he got home, posted it on Facebook, with the following caption:
"Meet Linda and John. As my friends Alexandra, Stephanie and I were sitting at Starbucks, we noticed this elderly couple. John put flashcards in front of Linda trying to help her remember what she had forgotten. My friends and I were overwhelmed by the love that these two had for each other and I knew I wanted to let them know how much of an inspiration and a perfect example of true love they were to me. John got up to use the restroom before they left and Linda kept on her studying at the table. "A.. B... C... D... E... F... G..." Linda recited the first 19 letters of the Alphabet perfectly... "Q... R... S... " and as she paused to think of that next letter I saw my opportunity. "T!" I shouted. She looked up at me with the biggest smile and says... "T! You are so sweet! I love you! You see, I've lost my memory and I'm trying to get it back!" We told her how great she was doing and as john returned we continued our convo. Right before they left, Linda exclaimed, "I love you. I just love you all! God Bless You!" This is definitely a moment I will remember forever- John's unwavering love, patience and understanding for the woman he chose to give his life to. Linda's endless positive attitude, eagerness to (re)learn and mostly her uninhibited joy in expressing love to other. You may be losing your memory, Linda, but the love that you and John have for each other will never be lost. Thank you for your beautiful example, Linda and John! ♥ "
After he posted, the photo went viral, getting more than 2 million page views, and countless comments, expressing well wishes for her recovery, and admiration for his devotion.