Photograph of man teaching girlfriend how to read goes viral

By Amanda Ramirez,

Over the past week, a photograph of a man teaching his girlfriend how to read the alphabet has gone viral.

The photograph, courtesy of Imgur and taken by Starbucks employee Matthew Ballestero, was accompanied by the following caption:

“I was sitting next to this couple at Starbucks this morning, this man John was teaching Linda the alphabet. He told us that she lost her memory and was re-learning how to read. Patience, love, and understanding at it's finest.”

According to an article on the Huffington Post, users on Imgur and Reddit alike have been deeply moved by the image.

One Imgur user nippygood writes, “Anyone who finds this kind of love should deem themselves lucky

Since its original publication January 10, the photograph has received over 2.2 million views.

Ballestero, the photographer, posted the photo on his Facebook page. Several employees from the Starbucks location commented on the photo, including Ashley Cole.

“I was just going to say, we see these two everyday,” Ashley writes, “We all thought they were married and when john said he was her care giver it made them that much more special. Everyday she says 'I love you!' Through the intercom and at the window. And everyday we tell her we love her. So cute.”

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