Young Man Travels 1,000 Miles to Meet 81-Year Old Woman He Met on Words With Friends
"22-year-old Spencer Sleyon and 81-year-old Rosalind “Roz” Guttman have spent the last year developing a friendship built on their rivalry in the crossword puzzle game, Words With Friends. Then, last week, they came together in person for the first time.
Considering Sleyon is an aspiring young rapper from Harlem, he is not the mostly likely counterpart for Guttman: a senior resident at a West Palm Beach retirement community in Florida. But since the app first paired them as opponents, the two have battled in over 324 games of wit.
Over the course of their virtual competition, the two would send messages to each other with criticism, compliments, and chit-chat. As the months passed, the senior and the youngster became close friends.
When Sleyon mentioned his unique online friendship to his pastor Amy Butler, she was thrilled by the sweet story. Butler asked if she could use the story of their friendship in her sermon about how “relationships change us”.
After giving the sermon, however, Butler wanted the story to take one step further—she wanted Sleyon and Guttman to meet each other in person. Sleyon and Butler confirmed a meet-up with Guttman, booked their tickets to Florida, and hopped on the plane...
Butler was able to snap some sweet photos of the moment Sleyon and Guttman first laid eyes on each other.
After posting the pic, the young man tweeted, “Life is…crazy, I’ve never [even] been to Florida, y’all.”