Despite the truly great stories out there, the internet can be a dark and depressing place. That’s why The Dad bravely combs through the digital world to bring them to you, to interrupt your midday scroll, and give you something to laugh at or something to smile at. This story fits the bill, it’s the sweetest video you’ll see this week, maybe even year.
A 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy stood unassisted for the first time in her life, and it was to dance with her dad. Freya Booker also has epilepsy and brain disease, and her parents have tried to help her reach “inch stones”, making tiny bits of progress that will give her more independence.
Getting her to stand on her own is a huge inch stone, and the 10-year-old who loves all kinds of music finally accomplished it, and it was to dance with her dad, Graham. Please take note of the mile-wide smile on her face the entire time.
It was shared by her dad online and then again by TinySuperheroes, an organization with more than 150,000 kids across 25+ countries that sends superhero capes to kids with disabilities to help them “unlock their superpowers.”
The video went predictably viral because COME ON, how heartwarming is that? There is so much stress and challenge parenting a child with disabilities, but there are still moments of pure joy.
For a few minutes, she’s not a girl battling lifelong diseases that have kept her mostly confined to a wheelchair. She’s a girl, dancing with her dad, in a moment millions have watched and loved, but none more than the two cutting up the living room dance floor.