Being so washed over with pseudo-emotional content on our social media feeds, it’s easy to see why some people might be reluctant to accept the sweetness of a genuine, heartfelt message like the one you’re about to see below.
A few years back, it became clear to the masses that all that’s needed is to catch someone’s eye with the opening few seconds of a video, or even a blaring, click-bait title.
Thus began the era of “share if this gives you the feels”. Waves and waves of heartfelt stories began pouring in from all social media corners, tales of adopted daughters being reunited with their fathers, a young man who traveled across the world to propose to his long-distance girlfriend, and so on.
The strange thing is that a portion of these stories must be true based purely on statistics. As it stands, there are few ways to verify their veracity, so we’re not sure what percentage of stories are true, and which are false.
That being said, when you’re met with content blatantly produced with the intention of going viral, you can feel that in a tangible way.
On the other hand, when a story is genuinely true and genuinely heartfelt, something rings inside you confirming its authenticity.
Put some sugar in that coffee, then put a little more, because your day is about to get a whole lot sweeter.
Rachel Boley is the voice of a blog called “Three Boys and a Mom”. She shared a post on Instagram that’s sure to penetrate even the hardiest of hearts:
“You are home to him. When he learns to walk, he will wobble a few feet away from you and then come back, then wobble away a little farther and then come back. When he tries something new, he will look for your proud smile. When he learns to read, he will repeat the same book to you twenty times in a row, because you’re the only one who will listen that many times. When he plays his sport, he will search for your face in the stands. When he is sick, he will call you. When he really messes up, he will call you. When he is grown and strong and tough and big and he feels like crying, he will come to you; because a man can cry in front of his mother without feeling self-conscious. Even when he grows up and has a new woman in his life and gets a new home, you are still his mother; home base, the ever constant, like the sun. Know that in your heart and everything else will fall into place.”
This serves as a striking reminder to all mothers that, no matter what, their sons – and daughters – will always hold them as a sanctuary in their hearts; that life will take a person to new environs, where they’ll face a number of overwhelming challenges. Despite that, no matter where a child will travel to, they’ll always have their mother’s love to accompany them – and they’ll know it.
There, that should hold you over as you scroll through the inevitable “share this or else” posts on your feed.