Today, New Yorker Margot Gerster and her daughters took a hike in Chappaqua, New York, for a little post-election stress relief. And on this quiet, sunny fall day, she thought they were alone in the woods. Until, very suddenly, she realized there were some other hikers on the trail- Hillary and Bill Clinton-who were taking their dogs on a peaceful walk among the foliage. Gerster posted a photo (which she notes was taken by Bill Clinton in the comments) along with a lengthy caption about her experience on her Facebook page.
“As we were leaving, I heard a bit of rustling coming towards me, and as I stepped into the clearing there she was, Hillary Clinton and Bill with their dogs doing exactly the same thing as I was,” Gerster writes in her post.
She goes on to say that after feeling “heartbroken” over this week’s election results, she was able to thank the Democratic presidential nominee for her work during the 2016 campaign.
“I got to hug her and talk to her and tell her that one of my most proudest moments as a mother was taking Phoebe with me to vote for her. She hugged me and thanked me and we exchanged some sweet pleasantries and then I let them continue their walk.”
Gerster, who according to her Facebook post, is a resident of the Westchester County town White Plains, New York, has already received an overwhelming number of comments on her post, mostly people sending their best to Clinton. And, like Gerster, agreeing that a sight like this could be seen as a symbol for the days to come:
“Now, I’m not one for signs but I think ill definitely take this one,” Gerster finished. “So proud.”
Vanity Fair has reached out to Gerster for comment.