Being away from family is always challenging, but when health issues and a pandemic get in the way, time apart can feel like a lifetime. One massive silver lining that comes with being separated from your loved ones is the reunion – weeks, months, or over a year without hugs and in-person quality time means a buildup of love and emotions just waiting to be unleashed. And thanks to the age of social media, sometimes even non-family are invited along for life’s most touching moments.
David Gelles, a father, and reporter for the New York Times took to Twitter to share the emotional moment he saw his mom for the first time in over a year.
“My mom has been really sick and hasn’t seen her grandchildren in over a year,” Gelles captioned his heartwarming video. “On Wednesday my daughter and I flew to surprise her for her 75th birthday . . . sound on.”
Folks, listen to the man. If you’re at work or on public transportation or somewhere you don’t have headphones, save this video for later. If you’re ready though, sound up and headphones on (and maybe some tissues. Probably some tissues), let’s dive into this moment of pure and unadulterated joy.
My mom has been really sick and hasn’t seen her grandchildren in over a year. On Wednesday my daughter and I flew to surprise her for her 75th birthday . . . sound on. pic.twitter.com/jfL1GqiIHT
— David Gelles (@dgelles) April 23, 2021
The video opens with Gelles’s daughter Franny quietly approaching her grandma, who’s completely unaware of the surprise that awaits her. As the sneaky duo grows closer, Gelles’s mom turns her head to face them – in a split second, her expression changes from curiosity to complete and utter delight.
“DAVID! What are you-” She exclaims before processing her second surprise. “OH, FRANNY! Oh my god, oh my god!”
Gelles’s mom puts her hands over her face, overwhelmed with excitement and love for her family. Franny runs to her grandma with her arms open, ready for the hug she’d been looking forward to for over a year.
“I can’t believe it, I can’t believe it,” Gelles’s mom repeats, her arms wrapped tightly around her granddaughter. “I had no idea you were coming,” she says tearfully.
As Franny’s grandma cries tears of joy, we find ourselves celebrating with her. When it comes to moments as touching as this one, exchanges overflowing with human emotion, something deep inside of us stirs. Maybe we’re reminded of a time we too felt this level of love, or maybe we’re imagining ourselves in Franny’s place throwing our arms around someone we desperately miss. Either way, we cannot get enough of pure, love-filled moments like this.