Dogs get most of the attention when it comes to enthusiastically welcoming their people home. Whether you were gone for five minutes or five hours, dogs don’t really know, nor do they care – they can’t freaking contain themselves when they hear your footsteps approaching. Speaking of adorable welcoming committees with very little understanding of time, toddlers are giving dogs a run for their money.
TikTok user devinaleese captured pure joy on camera in early May, sharing a video starring her young son Nixon. Nixon stands eagerly in front of his home, clearly waiting for something important. As a car enters the frame, Nixon shoots a wide-eyed glance at his mom as if to say, “are you seeing this shit right now??”
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After a slightly wobbly start, Nixon is off and running. He laughs and shrieks with overflowing excitement, yelling “da! Da!” as he toddles towards his dad’s slowly approaching car. Nixon’s dad honks a hello to his gleeful little boy, which nearly makes the toddler topple over with laughter.
Nixon has seemingly been waiting for his dad’s return all day, and when the moment finally arrives, he can’t contain his excitement. He adorably jumps up and down, giggling as his dad pulls up in front of him.
Nixon’s dad stops his car briefly to ensure his tiny greeter is safely out of the way before pulling forward, keeping his eyes on his enthusiastic young son the entire time. The video cuts off before the reunion, but fortunately, Nixon’s mom was kind enough to post a follow-up where we see the heartwarming duo embrace.
Finally, some closure
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One of the many amazing things about little kids is that they’re (sometimes brutally) honest. Nixon acts like his dad’s arrival is the best moment of his life, but not to make his dad feel good. To the toddler, seeing his dad return home every day genuinely is the best thing in the world.