‘She gave me a mom hug I needed,’ Andy Grammar wrote
Losing a parent is devastating. There is no replacement, no amount of time that will ever really fill the void a loved one leaves when they are no longer with you. Singer, songwriter, and record producer Andy Grammer lost his mom nine years ago and knows all too well what it feels like to lose a parent, so when he connected with a group of “elderly ladies” it made all the difference.
“Was sitting at breakfast in Hampton Beach and across the restaurant were five SUPER CUTE elderly ladies,” Grammer wrote on Facebook. “I don’t know why but it made me miss my mom hard and I felt a strong urge to pick up their check.” He said he didn’t want to bother the women and thought he’d just pay for their tab and leave. But something made him stop and go over to their table.
“I walked over and said ‘you are five of the sweetest ladies I’ve ever seen, I lost my mom awhile back and something about seeing you made me miss her this morning so I’m getting your check,’” he wrote. “The lady on the end popped up with arms wide open and said ‘COME HERE, I lost my son and really needed this.’ And then she gave me a mom hug I needed and I gave her a son hug she needed.”
A bunch of you have been commenting about my last post and sharing and the cute little story got picked up by the local news. The woman saw the story on TV and came by before the set and we got to spend a little time getting to know each other. She is SO SWEET IT HURTS. Her Boston accent is everything. Also the pin on her shirt is a picture of her son that passed away. We are all so connected and when you have experiences that actually show the wires between us it’s mind blowing. #heraccentthough #mothersonhug #thehug
The internet went wild and shared sweet stories, and Mary Conant, one of Grammer’s “sweetest ladies” themselves even chimed in:
Grammer was in New Hampshire for his Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom show when he saw the women eating breakfast at the Sea Ketch Restaurant. Conant, the woman who’d lost her son in 2012 and “immediately felt a spiritual connection” told Seacoast Online that she and “her fellow Hampton Walkers club members” were eating breakfast when Grammer (who they didn’t recognize) said he was compelled to buy them breakfast.
Conant said she believes her son and Grammer’s mother, Kathy, brought them together.
Today is 9 years since my sweet mother left this world. I brought my little Louisiana K Grammer to her grave site this morning and it was extra special sweet. I remember standing at this spot shell shocked as we lowered her body into the ground. All I knew was I had lost my center, that there was a huge whole in my world and that it could never be filled. Little did I know having a mother on the other side can be pretty special too. I am not foolish enough to think that any of my success has been without the help of a badass mother pulling strings through the universe. I love you mom. We put the K in the middle of her name so she will always have you in the middle of her life. I hope she will have your playfulness, your spirit, your sense of justice, your love of chocolate, your faith, and your thirst for depth in life. One thing for sure is that she’s already got your blue eyes. This life is beautiful, but it becomes even more beautiful when you are forced to face the fact that there is more to this life then this life. To all those who have lost someone close to them, they are around… It’s a mystical relationship that never ends. Sending love to wherever you are my sweet mother. #louieinstagrammer #mom
Conant said the two are now Facebook friends and have plans to stay in touch. This is the best story, ever.