What’s the opposite of a generation gap? Madison Kohout knows.
Kohout is a 19-year-old woman who was recently looking for a new place to live. An avid TikTok user, she’d also made friends with Lori Parker, a grandma from Pigott, Arkansas who she’d met and formed a connection with via the popular – and youth-dominated – social media platform.
Parker invited Kohout, who lives on her own after what she’s described as a tough childhood, to Thanksgiving in Pigott, and while that didn’t happen, Kohout visited Pigott and met Parker’s family earlier this year.
“I just fell in love with her family, and they were so good to me,” Ms. Kohout told the New York Times. Eventually, Parker suggested Madison move closer, so Madison scoured the apartment listings and eventually found one that suited her and moved in.
A week later, she realized she was now living in an old folks’ community.
“I was looking around at my surroundings to see what there was I could do here, and I saw the sign that said ‘Senior Living Apartments,’ and I realized I moved myself into a retirement community,” Kohout explained. “Once I saw the sign, all the things clicked. I was like, ‘Oh, my goodness, I can’t believe I did this.’”
She shared her story on TikTok, where it quickly went viral.
@itsme.madiiiithis is not even a joke LMAO #fyp #WidenTheScreen #seniorcitizens #apartment #moving #outofstate #oof #reallife♬ original sound – Lauren Wisken
As her TikTok followers have grown, so have her real-life friends – especially at the facility, where she’s bonded with her neighbors. “It’s like having extra sets of grandparents,” she said, especially when they leave extra food at her door!
She has no plans to leave anytime soon – why would you when you can play your music as loud as you want with no complaints! She also hopes to even use her experiences as the basis for a book.
“They have a lot of stories that have definitely shaped my heart and have touched my heart, and I think a lot of people would benefit from them,” she said. “I got lucky enough to be able to hear them all.”