Hug on beach sends beautiful message

Image courtesy Ayanna Toye Barrows via Facebook

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WFLA) – Two little strangers shared a hug on a beach and the photo of the hug went viral on Facebook.

Ayanna Toye Barrows and her daughter were taking a walk on Myrtle Beach Tuesday at sunset when a little boy, a total stranger, came up to the girl, and the two started chatting. The boy introduced himself and asked for the girl’s name. He showed her his necklace, a shark’s tooth.

He left and then came running back, and they shared more smiles. They talked and walked and ran on the beach together. Barrows asked the boy’s mom if she could snap a picture of the two, and the children were happy to oblige. The photo of the kids posted on Barrow’s Facebook went viral.

Nobody positioned them for the photo, nobody asked them to smile, Barrows said in the post.

When it was time to part ways, the children hugged and said goodbye about 20 times, Barrows said.

“It’s just pure….two kids meeting on a sunset walk without a care in the world…all they saw was each other,” she said. “This world would be a much better place if we acted like these two kids.”

Her post was shared more than 71,000 times.


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