Are you on good terms with your neighbors? How often do you talk to them? Can you invite them over for a talk or to the extent of cohabiting?
Chris Salvatore moved in across the hall from Norma Cook, an 85-year-old woman, and her cat, Hermes, in 2013. They only exchanged pleasantries when they saw each other, but became great friends after Chris introduced himself.
They became very close that when Norma was close to the end of her life, Chris asked her to move in, as to always stay around and help in any way he could.
Norma turned 89 and her health greatly declined, she had to spend a lot of time in the hospital. The hospital didn’t want to let her go unless she had help at home that would take care of her. She was living alone and had no one, Salvatore came in at that moment.
He took to the streets to set a gofundme for Cook and when he got to taste the cost of caretakers he knew he had a long way to go.
“The only other option was for her to go into a facility,” he told TODAY. “I just couldn’t do that to someone who is like my own grandmother.”
He invited Cook to move into his apartment.
“I’m so happy I was able to give her this gift of living her last days at home,” Salvatore told GoFundMe. “I can’t imagine what it’s like to go through the end of your life at a hospital without your friends or pets.”
The two turned out to be great pairs.
“We always watch the news,” Cook told TODAY. “We mostly talk and drink Champagne and eat peanuts.”
Cook, unfortunately, passed away on February 15, 2017, and Salvatore was in brief and he had to share their adventures on his Instagram page.
It’s with a heavy heart that I share the news that earlier this morning the world lost a truly inspiring, beautiful woman.
Norma is now resting peacefully in the eternal and while she may no longer physically be with us, her spirit will continue to fill the hearts of so many people. Perhaps Norma’s lasting legacy is that her story helped the world to see the true meaning of love.
Norma reminded me that we all are created to love and all desire to be loved. This year Norma has reminded us what Valentine’s Day is all about.
To love another is not about living struggle free or never experiencing hurt or loss, but to fully and deeply open our hearts to one another without fear. Each of us is lovable even with all of our differences.
Love has no boundaries. May you rest in peace my sweet sweet lady, Norma. ❤️