Spencer, a 22-year-old rapper from Harlem in NYC, recently flew to Florida to meet up with a close friend (and adversary) of his: Roz, an 86-year-old he met through the gaming app Words With Friends.
Story goes, the two unlikely pals connected randomly through the online Scrabble-like game. They were so competitive that they kept having rematches which spanned over a year, totalling 342 games all in all.
Eventually, Spencer decided to meet Roz in person. So with the help of his pastor Amy Butler, he took a flight to Florida, to Roz’s retirement home.
Photos show the two buddies sharing an emotional hug in their first meeting.
She’s 86 & lives in a retirement community in Florida. He’s 22 and lives in Harlem. They met online playing #wordswithfriends. Tomorrow they’ll meet in person. I get to be there. #relationshipschangeus pic.twitter.com/xNJjK3ga6H
— Amy Butler (@PastorAmyTRC) December 1, 2017
so last summer i randomly met this 80 y/o woman on words with friends. we played 300+ games together and she actually ended up becoming a good friend of mine. today i got to go to florida and meet her in person? pic.twitter.com/VXDbNS4eUo
— High Class Filth (@Filth800) December 1, 2017
The heartwarming friendship gave Twitter all sorts of feelings.
— Jessica Webster (@A2Jess) December 2, 2017
this is so pure pic.twitter.com/z1oWhfPjko
— tima (@lovesscastiel) December 2, 2017
Isn’t it just the best good news story of 2017?
— hayley ? (@ohthathayley) December 2, 2017
The official Word With Friends account couldn’t help but chime in.
— Words With Friends (@WordsWFriends) December 2, 2017
One person even shared her own story of making lifelong friendships using the app.
I made a beautiful friend on WWF many years ago. I am American, she was from UK. We vacationed together here and in Perú. Then cancer took her a little over a year ago. So grateful for her presence, however short, in my life—and grateful you got to meet your WW Friend! God Bless!
— Patricia Cuxirimay (@patriciaturner) December 2, 2017
In a follow-up tweet, Spencer did clarify that just because he and Roz are BFFs, doesn’t mean he’ll take it easy on the old lady. In the 342 matches they’ve played, he’s won 210 games to her 144 victories.
and to clear the air, she was not crushing me boy don’t play with me pic.twitter.com/FcESsdO097
— High Class Filth (@Filth800) December 2, 2017
A great Words With Friends player, and an even better human being. Spencer, you da real MVP!