This will break and warm your heart at the same time.
For an elderly couple from Rome, a visit from the police ended in a plate of pasta. Last week, Italian police officers were called to an apartment complex in the Appio area of the city after someone reported loud crying from one of the residences.
When they arrived at the scene, four policemen found 84-year-old Jole and her 94-year-old husband Michele in their small flat. The couple – who have been married for nearly 70 years – told police that no one had visited them in months, and that they felt lonely.
Jole and Michele’s only companion is the TV, and the elderly couple’s cries were their response to all the bad news they saw that day. While they waited for an ambulance to check in on the couple, the officers noticed that there was no real food in the apartment, just a few old grapes.
One of the officers took matters into his own hands, and prepared a plate of pasta with butter and parmesan for the couple, while his colleagues sat down with Jole and Michele for a chat. On August 3, the police force shared the couple’s story on their Facebook page. The emotional post has more than 25,000 shares, and over 69,000 reactions: likes, loves or cries.
It reads: “There isn’t a crime. Jole and Michele are not victims of scams, as often happens to the elderly and no burglar came in the house. There’s no one to save. This time, for the boys flying over, there is a more difficult task to perform. There are two lonely souls to reassure. […] They ask for permission to access the pantry. Improvise a little dinner. A bowl of pasta with butter and cheese. Nothing special. But with a precious ingredient: inside it is humanity.”