When 19-year-old Madison Kohout moved into her new apartment complex, she didn’t think much about the average age of her neighbors.
She ended up finding a nice apartment in the northeast of Piggott City of Arkansas after moving there from Oklahoma. However, about a week in her new home, Ms. Kohout saw a sign outside the 10-apartment complex she had not noticed before.
“I was looking around to see what I could do here, and I saw a sign that said ‘Luxury Apartments’ and I realized I had transformed into a retirement community,” said Ms Kohout. “Once I saw the sign, everything clicked. I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, I can’t believe I did this.’
Ms Kohout’s arrival at the apartment complex follows a relationship she made over the past year through TikTok with Piggott’s Lori Parker, who describes herself to her more than 65,000 followers as “the wife of a Novelist.” Teacher, Mother and Nonna ”. The two followed each other on social media platforms, and they quickly developed a relationship by commenting back and forth on the videos they shared.
“She just touched my heart,” Miss Parker said Sunday. “I feel like I’ve known her for a long time.”
Ms. Kohout left home at the age of 17 after a childhood which she thought was “very challenging”. In a post on TikTok, she said that she raised herself up. After she said in a video that she hadn’t been celebrating Thanksgiving with her family in a while, Miss Parker invited her to Arkansas. Those plans failed, but Ms. Kohout later met with Parker’s family in February.
“I just love her family, and they are very nice to me,” Ms. Kohout said.
Mrs. Parker finally suggested that Mrs. Kohout moved to Piggott, about 100 miles north of Memphis, so she could be closer to her family. Parker and her husband, Shawn, have four children – the oldest is 31 years old and the youngest is 17 years old, living with them.
Ms. Kohout moved to Piggott from Norman, Okla., In March and began searching for an apartment online.
Not much is known about the Piggott apartments, so when she finally found a place and signed a monthly lease, she said, she had no idea she was going to move to an adult complex. year old.
“She knows I am 19 years old but never said anything,” Ms. Kohout said of the host, who was unable to comment. “The landlord really likes me.”
Ms. Kohout said that although the complex is designed for the elderly, it is “equal opportunity housing”, meaning it cannot legally discriminate against tenants.
It was sunset by the time Mrs. Kohout had signed the contract, but she was told that she could begin moving that night if she wanted to.
“No one will hear anything,” said Ms. Kohout with a smile, remembering the host had told her. “They really can’t hear very well.”
Ms Kohout says that means she can play music whenever she wants, even if she comes home later from her job as a nurse. It was one of the many perks associated with living in the senior apartment complex Ms. Kohout recorded on TikTok.
Before moving to Arkansas, Ms. Kohout said she had about 30,000 followers on the social networking application. Since then, when her TikTok updates from the condominium have gained widespread attention, her follower count has grown to more than 92,000.
Ms. Kohout said that she showed some of her TikTok videos to some of her neighbors and she enjoyed sticking with them and listening to their stories.
“It’s like having more grandparents,” Ms. Kohout said, adding that some of them checked on her, offered her dinner and even left snacks on her doorstep.
Ms. Kohout said she connected with a particular neighbor who had had a similar experience growing up.
“It’s great to see how persistent she has overcome the challenges in life,” said Ms. Kohout. “We have a lot of relationships, even though she’s, like, 50 years older than me.”
Currently, Ms. Kohout plans to continue living in the complex and share her experiences with her TikTok followers. She hopes to write a book, she says, and will consider writing about what she learned from her new neighbors.
“They have a lot of stories that have definitely shaped my heart and touched my heart, and I think a lot of people will benefit from them,” she said. “I was fortunate enough to be able to hear it all.”