After buying the little girl next door Christmas presents for the next 14 years, on 87-year-old paid it forward in the most kind way.
Ken Waston, 87, had a soft spot for his neighbor’s 2-year-old daughter, Cadi Wiliams.
And Cadi’s parents, Owen and Caroline Williams, were soon brought to tears when they discovered a slew of wrapped gifts that were addressed to their child.
Ken passed away in October – a man who said he would live to be 100.
His daughter was going through his things in his home in Barry, Vale of Glamorgan when she discovered the gifts.
Owen Williams shared with LADbible:
“She called around last night and she was on the doorstep clutching what looked like a rubbish bag and I just put two and two together and I just got 18. I assumed she wanted me to put out some rubbish for her.”
“Instantly I said ‘yep, no problem’. Then she said ‘these are the gifts that dad has left for Cadi for Christmas’ and it just blindsided me.”
“I went into the kitchen and my wife was on FaceTime to her mum in Ireland and it was like Mary Poppins’ bag – I just kept pulling them out and they kept coming and coming.”
Right after he tweeted about what had just happened – Owen decided to create a poll asking folks what his family should do – either open the gifts now and re-wrap them or do a full sweep-opening in 2032.
Owen shared how his neighbor was a “really good neighbor and a genuine, genuine man.”
Owen shared with LADbible: “When we first moved in he was up on the top of scaffolding this was September 2015 he had two sections of scaffolding at the front of his house it was a 1920s property – very high, he was on top of a ladder and using it as a pogo stick to jump from one scaffold to another.”
“I did a double take and mouthed [to a neighbor] ‘what on Earth do I do?’ and he said ‘I have no idea’ – he was bouncing the ladder. Then he came down to meet me I said hi and we gave him a bottle of wine.”
“At the time we only had the dog and he said ‘can I give her a biscuit’ it was a chocolate biscuit and I said no, dogs don’t eat chocolate and being 80-odd he just ignored me and gave the dog a chocolate biscuit anyway.”
Owen shared another story how Ken bought Cadi a four-foot-tall ‘gangly-legged dread-locked lion called Elivs’ for her very first Christmas present.
He continued, saying: “They’re a well known brand of soft toys. We were in a toy shop a few months later and got chatting to the woman behind the counter. I saw one of the Elvis’ and said ‘we’ve got one of them from our neighbor’.”
“The lady behind the counter said ‘oh, it wasn’t an elderly gentleman with a bald head and glasses’ and I said it was. She said ‘he’s bought them for all the neighbor’s children’. “
“He had effectively cleared them out of Elvis’ over the years. That’s just to give you a sense of both the decency and forward-planning. You’re not crying, I’m crying. I’m not crying, you’re crying.”
Owen is now encouraging everyone who reads their story to meet their own neighbors this Christmas.
“What struck me in the messages I’ve received is how many people don’t actually know their neighbors.”
“One thing I would say to that is that our friends and family will always be there for us but they’re not physically there for you. Your neighbors on the other hand are both literally and physically in the next house or just across the road.”
“In a time of crisis you can turn to your friends and family by all means but theoretically your neighbors are immediate. They’re the people that would rescue you from a house fire or if all the slates fell off your roof.”
“In terms of a Christmas wish I would say, just say hi to your neighbors and there’s no better time to do it. Take a bottle of wine or prosecco.”
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