Good Neighbors

Teen's Friendship With Elderly Neighbors Captures Hearts Worldwide

When the couple's daughter saw how strong their bond was, she knew she had to share it with the world.


While most people give their neighbors a smile and a friendly wave when they see them, a 15-year-old boy in Hampton, VA is raising the bar on what it means to be a "good neighbor."

Romemylion Mitchell has lived across the street from Trent and Cianne Joyner for much of his life. He visits with them almost every day and helps them out however he can. He cuts their grass, helps out around the house and even carries groceries when Trent returns from the store.

The three formed a real friendship over the years, so when Cianne had a medical setback and had to stay in the hospital, it was no surprise that Romemylion was one of her first visitors.

The Joyner's daughter, Tiki, shared photos of Romemylion visiting them in the hospital.

"I just want to take a moment and recognize this sweet fella that lives across the street from my parents," she wrote in a Facebook post.

"He checks on them every day and has grown to love and care for them deeply. He rides with Dad to the store, helps him shop and brings the groceries in.. he cuts the grass and whatever they may need. Not many 15 yr olds would take the time to care and be there for elderly neighbors."

Tiki Joyner Edwards Facebook

She continued, "When he saw Mom today he busted out crying and just held her tight.. what a blessing and just wanted to pass on something heartwarming instead of the sad news we see and hear every day."

Tiki Joyner Edwards Facebook

Tikis's post has since gone viral - it's been shared over 200,000 times and has almost 30,000 comments.

Tiki Joyner Edwards Facebook

"The sooner we realize love has no color, the better off this world will be," one person wrote.

Another person commented, "God bless this nice young man! I hope he reaps the good seeds of kindness he is sowing. It certainly is refreshing to see a great story like this."

Is this something you'd like to see take place in your neighborhood? Why not take Romemylion's lead and deepen your relationships with your neighbors?!

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