A 95-year-old who missed his wife called a radio station and was invited to visit. Tears alert!

95-year-old Bill recently called in to his local radio station in Southampton (a city on the south coast of England) and shared a heartbreaking story.

Last year, he married his wife after knowing her for 30 years and caring for her for quite some time. Unfortunately, after a recent fall, she had to go into a nursing home when she was released from the hospital.

And Bill misses her terribly.


He visits his wife daily and said that every day without her is "hell." Tears.

Moved by Bill's sadness, BBC Radio Solent host Alex Dyke didn't skip a beat: He invited Bill in for coffee one morning.

Bill didn't hesitate, either. "Oh, I'd love to," he said.

And he followed through! The station sent a cab to pick him up.

GIFS by BBC Radio Solent.

Bill entered the studio, quite spry for a man of a certain age.

"I listen to you every day!" Bill told Alex. "This is a special occasion," Alex responded.

Then, they hugged. And it was kind of the best hug.

And they hugged again...

(Anyone else having all the feelings right now?!)

Bill talked about his wife — and how hard it is for him to be apart from her.

But he was happy to be in the studio, enjoying Alex's company. This man's smile could fill a room with good feelings!

Just look:

This sad-yet-happy encounter serves as a reminder for a lot of us.

Our communities have lots of "Bills" in them, and a small act of kindness — like sharing a cup of coffee and a conversation — can make a huge difference.

And let's be honest: We all know that those of us who are younger will benefit just as much, if not more, from spending a little time with our senior citizens.

If you don't personally know any senior citizens, you can check out this page for ideas. It includes a tool that allows you to enter your zip code, then spits out some local places that need volunteers to work with the elderly. Pretty cool, right?

Want to experience all of the magic? You can watch the clip here or head on over to the station's Facebook page.

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Disney has come under fire for problematic portrayals of non-white and non-western cultures in many of its older movies. They aren't the only one, of course, but since their movies are an iconic part of most American kids' childhoods, Disney's messaging holds a lot of power.

Fortunately, that power can be used for good, and Disney can serve as an example to other companies if they learn from their mistakes, account for their misdeeds, and do the right thing going forward. Without getting too many hopes up, it appears that the entertainment giant may have actually done just that with the new Frozen II film.

According to NOW Toronto, the producers of Frozen II have entered into a contract with the Sámi people—the Indigenous people of the Scandinavian regions—to ensure that they portray the culture with respect.

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Though there was not a direct portrayal of the Sámi in the first Frozen movie, the choral chant that opens the film was inspired by an ancient Sámi vocal tradition. In addition, the clothing worn by Kristoff closely resembled what a Sámi reindeer herder would wear. The inclusion of these elements of Sámi culture with no context or acknowledgement sparked conversations about cultural appropriation and erasure on social media.

Frozen II features Indigenous culture much more directly, and even addressed the issue of Indigenous erasure. Filmmakers Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, along with producer Peter Del Vecho, consulted with experts on how to do that respectfully—the experts, of course, being the Sámi people themselves.

Sámi leaders met with Disney producer Peter Del Vecho in September 2019.Sámediggi Sametinget/Flickr

The Sámi parliaments of Norway, Sweden and Finland, and the non-governmental Saami Council reached out to the filmmakers when they found out their culture would be highlighted in the film. They formed a Sámi expert advisory group, called Verddet, to assist filmmakers in with how to accurately and respectfully portray Sámi culture, history, and society.

In a contract signed by Walt Disney Animation Studios and Sámi leaders, the Sámi stated their position that "their collective and individual culture, including aesthetic elements, music, language, stories, histories, and other traditional cultural expressions are property that belong to the Sámi," and "that to adequately respect the rights that the Sámi have to and in their culture, it is necessary to ensure sensitivity, allow for free, prior, and informed consent, and ensure that adequate benefit sharing is employed."

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Disney agreed to work with the advisory group, to produce a version of Frozen II in one Sámi language, as well as to "pursue cross-learning opportunities" and "arrange for contributions back to the Sámi society."

Anne Lájla Utsi, managing director at the International Sámi Film Institute, was part of the Verddet advisory group. She told NOW, "This is a good example of how a big, international company like Disney acknowledges the fact that we own our own culture and stories. It hasn't happened before."

"Disney's team really wanted to make it right," said Utsi. "They didn't want to make any mistakes or hurt anybody. We felt that they took it seriously. And the film shows that. We in Verddet are truly proud of this collaboration."

Sounds like you've done well this time, Disney. Let's hope such cultural sensitivity and collaboration continues, and that other filmmakers and production companies will follow suit.

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