A man at a Brad Paisley concert in Houston swept a woman off her feet — but it’s probably not in the way that you’re thinking!
Rather, Thomas Harwell, 39, carried a woman down the stairs to her seat at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo on March 16, and then back up up to the top when it was time for them to leave. Now, a picture of his amazing deed, shared on Facebook by his wife Shayla Harwell, has gone viral online.
“Not only did he help get her to her seat, but she did not have the strength to come back up the stairs,” Shayla, 26, said in a statement. “So, he carried her!”
The husband and wife, from Hardin, Tex., were awaiting the start of the conert at the large arena when they saw an older woman, who was accompanied by another adult and two kids, “having a rough time” making the way to her seat. Turns out she had just had a stroke and was in the middle of a fight with cancer, ABC Houston reports.
“She was shaking and having trouble getting her feet to move from step to step,” Shayla said. “I pointed them out to Thomas and said they may need help. He didn’t even hesitate!”
Thomas walked over right away to the frail-looking woman and asked their permission to help her out. He then walked the woman down the steps to her seat right before the show started. When she didn’t have the energy to make it back up the steep stairs after the concert, Thomas made the decision to carry her up.
Shayla was so amazed by her husband, she posted a picture detailing the event on Facebook.
“Y’all I have to brag on my husband big time tonight!” Shayla said on Facebook after the concert. “He made me Soo proud!“
Shayla’s post has since been shared over 1,800 times with many people on the internet praising her husband’s good deed.
“This is so awesome, we need more men like your husband please thank him from just another grandma in Texas!!” wrote one Facebook user.
“Another true southern gentleman. I wish more kids now a days showed the care and respect for the elderly like your husband did,” wrote another person. “God bless him and may y’all be blessed 10 fold for his actions.”
The Texas couple has been shocked by the response online. According to Shayla, it was simply “the right thing to do,” as they hope to set a good example for their 2-year-old daughter, Savannah.
“Hopefully we can instill this kindness into her,” says Shayla. “That kindness should be a way of life!”