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Viral photo portrays love and patience, gains more than 2M views

John is helping Linda remember the alphabet. (Source: Matthew Ballestero) John is helping Linda remember the alphabet. (Source: Matthew Ballestero)

(WECT) – They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and in this case this picture has warmed two million hearts.

Meet Linda and John. The story behind the picture embodies the definition of love, patience and kindness.

Matthew Ballestero, who posted the photo on his Facebook page, was at Starbucks with some friends when they were overwhelmed with the compassion this couple felt for each other.

According to Ballestero, John was using flashcards to help Linda remember what she had forgotten. Linda had told Ballestero and his friends that she had lost her memory after a recent stroke and she's trying to get it back.

"My friends and I were overwhelmed by the love that these two had for each other, and I knew I wanted to let them know how much of an inspiration and a perfect example of true love they were to me," Ballestero wrote in the Facebook caption in which he described meeting the pair.

He explained Linda's eagerness, positive attitude and joy coupled with John's patience and unconditional love showed a beautiful example of happiness and true love to anyone who saw them.

The couple appeared on TODAY Wednesday morning to talk about the experience. Linda told Kristen Dahlgren that for a while she was unable to even speak.

The photo has drawn more than two million viewers.

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