When most people see an abandoned house, they picture an eerie, run-down structure that’s gradually being reclaimed by nature. They are often crumbling, and because of that, they give off an eerie vibe. But when urban explorers like Leslie David envision an abandoned home, they see an opportunity for adventure.
Brave explorers like Leslie willingly venture into abandoned houses with the hopes of uncovering something strange, like a secret history or even hidden treasure that most of us would’ve otherwise assumed to be garbage. during one recent exploration, however, Leslie found something entirely unexpected that would change her life forever…
Leslie David is an urban explorer in Ontario, Canada, who bravely scours abandoned houses to photograph them. During one particular excursion, Leslie came across a two-story home that appeared to be in shambles.
She wrote on Instagram that “the driveway was overgrown, the roof was caving in, and the interior would lead anyone to believe this land had been deserted.” Leslie was sure no one was possibly living inside.
Leslie found a way inside the house and readied her camera to take some photos… and that was when she came face-to-face with a man. She had no idea that someone had been living there! Luckily, he wasn’t upset…
He introduced himself as Lawrence and explained that he had trouble seeing—he had cataracts in his left eye and his right eye was missing completely. It had clearly been years since he last received medical attention.
Leslie was startled by how sweet and kind he was, even after she essentially broke into his house. He told her about his life, along with his struggles and hardships. The two ended up talking for three hours, so Leslie decided to continue seeing Lawrence on a regular basis, offering him food and friendship.
After spending some time together, Leslie learned that a bull fractured Lawrence’s hip in 2000, which was the start of a string of injuries. Just before they met, he had suffered a stroke; he had trouble moving his hands, and it took him some time to receive the medical help he needed, which worsened the stroke’s effects.
They continued to meet for dinner dates and conversations about life, even when Lawrence was briefly admitted to the hospital. Leslie became Lawrence’s closest confidante, and as time went on, the two grew to learn a lot about one another.
She even made him vegetable soup and mashed potatoes, as Leslie didn’t think Lawrence was eating much all by himself. It was amazing how quickly her instinct to care for a stranger kicked into gear.
Leslie decided she needed to do something more—so she helped fix up Lawrence’s house. She enlisted some volunteers, who helped her “remove his old fridge, stove, and chest freezer, along with numerous bags of garbage and other content.”
She went on: “It’s a rare opportunity and I’m glad I was able to accept the challenge.” The house was so out of shape that, even after visiting multiple times, it amazed and saddened Leslie to see Lawrence’s life in such disarray.
That wasn’t the only problem either. Because of his health complications, it was simply too hard for him to take care of himself, let alone the house. How was he going to manage in the long term?
Cleaning up the house was a big success and Leslie wrote that Lawrence was “in good spirits and is very happy to have some room in his home.” Everyone who helped was overjoyed to see his reaction, too.
Leslie said it was “all made possible by a very generous company and a few awesome boys with big hearts and strong lower backs.” Talk about doing some very seriously good deeds!
Unfortunately, Lawrence’s health started to rapidly decline, so he asked Leslie to come over to help him make funeral arrangements—just in case. Leslie appreciated being able to help him with such important matters, however sad, and said she wouldn’t have had it any other way.
Lawrence told her that the first day she showed up in his home was the best day of his life. That was when Leslie realized she couldn’t let him spend the last moments of his life alone in that house…
“After a prolonged stay in two different hospitals after his last stroke,” said Leslie, “Lawrence is now living at a local retirement home and doing much better.” It was a tough decision, but the right one for Lawrence.
Though Lawrence missed his home, he was happy to be around other people. He loved it whenever Leslie would visit, especially when she’d bring her dog, Violet, who became “a favorite around the home.”
Leslie’s mother even made Lawrence a cake for his birthday! “Happy birthday to this young fella!” Leslie wrote. She explained that she felt lucky that she met Lawrence, and that he gave her the chance to perform “an act of kindness with no expectation of a reward.”
Thanks to Leslie, Lawrence now wouldn’t ever have to worry about cleaning or trying to find people to help. It’s amazing to think about how this friendship might never have been formed if Leslie hadn’t walked into that house.
Leslie really changed Lawrence’s life, and she allowed him to enjoy the last of his golden years the way he deserved to: with the help of new friends all around. It really teaches a powerful lesson!
It’s amazing that a young woman like Leslie was able to give so much time, energy, and love to a complete stranger who felt like he’d been forgotten by society. Hopefully, more people will follow Leslie’s lead!
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