This week’s big league baseball game in Cleveland, Ohio was attended by Reddit user “Nic” and a few pals. However, the experience’s most memorable moment was unrelated to sports by a wide margin.
They saw the pinnacle of bromance there.
It was a very windy day that day and, as Nic and her crew settled in to watch the game, they noticed a certain someone was in a battle against the breeze.
“There was a massive dragonfly flying around our seats,” Nic told The Dodo. “I distinctly remember saying to myself, ‘What a good workout that miniature aircraft is getting in all this wind … What a powerhouse!’ The dragonfly was definitely working very hard.”
With the stadium packed with people, it seemed at first that the weary insect would be unable to find a safe place to rest her wings. But, as exhaustion set in, she evidently decided to take a risk — coming to land atop the leg of a man sitting in front of Nic.
It turned out that the dragonfly had chosen the ideal perch for her since she was exhausted.
Contrary to what most people would do, the man maintained his composure and was extremely accommodating.
The dragonfly lingered there unwinding as each inning ended. Her new acquaintance made sure to greet her throughout the entire time
When everyone else in the crowd surged with excitement during the game, the man with the dragonfly on his lap stayed pretty much still, as to not jostle the little creature away.
At one point, as Nic looked on, a beer vendor appeared for folks to fetch a drink from. She then heard the man in front of her call out: “I’d gladly take a beer, but only if you can come to me. As you can see, I can’t move right now. This little guy is having a rest.”
“He was genuinely interested in the dragonfly’s well-being,” Nic said.
This adorable little scene continued for about half the game. It was around this time that the winds had finally calmed enough for the dragonfly to take flight again and carry on her way — rejuvenated, no doubt, thanks to the man’s kind gesture.
“When the dragonfly finally flew off, we all noticed,” Nic said. “There was a collective, ‘Ahh.’ Especially from the man himself.”
Sure, to some people, insects might not be deemed worthy of compassion, or even a second thought. But witnessing someone who clearly feels the opposite is something Nic will never forget.
“The man did such a simple act of friendship to a small creature and didn’t ask for anything in return,” she said. “It made me smile and still does.”