People Are Losing Their Minds Over This 22-Year-Old and 81-Year-Old’s Friendship

"My best friend is an 80-year-old white woman who lives in a retirement community in Florida."



When Spencer Sleyon, 22, matched with Rosalind "Roz" Guttman, 81, on Words With Friends — a  multi-player crossword style game — last summer, they had no idea they'd become close pals, or that the story of their friendship would catch the attention of the Internet and go viral. 

"One day I searched for a random game, and that's how I ended up finding her. And we pretty much played every day for five months," Sleyon told The Root, adding that he won about 60 percent of the time. "Sometimes we'd speak about personal things, but nothing extra personal," he said. "Politics, the election, hurricanes."

Hundreds of games later, Sleyon flew 1,000 miles to meet with Guttman in person and shared the incredible moment with the world.

"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," wrote Sleyon in a now viral tweet.  

The post has since racked up over a million likes and over 200,000 retweets. Of course, the best part is the reactions. The story touched so many people. Tweeters expressed their joy and some even shared their own stories of how they met great friends in unlikely ways.



The Harlem-based rapper and Floridian retiree may not look like they have much in common, but that couldn't be further from the truth. Sleyon, who was born and raised in Silver Spring, Md., had moved to New York City to pursue his music career. According to The Root, it was Guttman's words of encouragement that helped him make the big move. 

As for how the two got to actually meet in person, Sleyon was speaking to his high school friend Hannah and her mom, Rev. Amy Butler of the Riverside Church, Amy Butler, when he mentioned that his best friend was "an 80-year-old white woman who lives in a retirement community in Florida." It wasn't long before Butler organized the meeting. " I'm in the business of bringing people together," Butler told The Root.

Sleyon is apparently overwhelmed by the massive response to his post. He tweeted, "wow dude." He thanked everyone for all of the love and also made sure to answer the main question that was  on everyone's mind: who won Words With Friends?

According to Sleyon, he did!

Cover image via Twitter/ @Filth800



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