Jake Reissig lost his beloved wife, Elizabeth, more than a year ago. However, the Conroe, Texas, native’s devotion to her has never waned, because even after a year, he still visits her grave twice a day to water the grass and change the floral arrangements with fresh roses from his home garden.
Although most would probably consider this act of commitment a commendable deed in itself, the act of kindness that has gone viral actually involves the work he’s been doing for a complete stranger, reports Lift Bump.
In fact, Reissig’s good deed was so touching his son, Roger, decided to share details about it via Facebook. In a lengthy Facebook post, Roger recounted what he witnessed when he and his father stopped by the cemetery to visit his mother’s grave.
Of course, his father completed his daily landscaping task, but a grieving widow crying at her husband’s grave quickly caught his attention. He reportedly went to comfort her during her time of sorrow and after a brief conversation, he made a heartfelt decision to commit himself to doing something on a daily basis to honor the woman’s husband. That touching gesture has captured the hearts of social media users everywhere, reports Opposing Views.
Here is the Facebook post.
“It’s been over a year now since Mom left us to go to her Heavenly home. Dad goes out to the grave to visit her twice a day. He has a routine where he clips some roses from his rose garden at home and delivers them to Mom. Then he hooks up a hose and waters her grass twice daily. With the recent drought, and hers being one of only graves getting watered, you can see that Moms stands out from the rest and is very beautiful.
One day while watering he saw a young lady down from him kneeling at a grave and crying uncontrollably. Dad went down and talked with her and found that her husband had been an SSGT in the US Air Force and lost him in 2010. After they talked and shared stories, she thanked him and left. Dad decided to Honor this soldier and start watering his grass along with Moms daily. He does it every day. He said it is the least he can do for him after all that he sacrificed for us. You can see his green grass in the pictures down from Moms. Very thankful for this young Man’s service and very proud of my Dad and what he does to Honor him. Love you Dad!”
The viral Facebook post has received nearly ten thousand likes and more than three thousand shares over the past couple weeks. Sometimes the smallest gestures make the biggest impression.
[Image(s) via Facebook]