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Father-Son Photo Will Tug at Your Heartstrings

Humans of New York spotlights touching father-son photo

We subscribe to a lot of pages on Facebook. (And we do mean a lot.) But our absolute favorite by far is Humans of New York. If you don’t already follow it, please put a pause on reading this immediately and go “Like” it. (You can thank us later.)

The page is run by Brandon Stanton, a photographer who started walking the streets of New York back in 2010, snapping photos of random New Yorkers, and asking them a few words about themselves. Today, what began as a side project has blossomed into a full-on labor of love, resulting in a popular website and a book deal. The photos (and captions) Stanton shares are known for being sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking, but always thought-provoking.

And in case you missed it, one of this week’s posts was an absolute must-see. In it, we see a father and son, sitting by a lake in an unnamed New York park:

Below the photo, a caption details their brief, yet touching exchange:

“He makes me want to know about little things, so that I can teach him,” says the dad. “Like when we sit by this lake, I wish I knew what kind of turtle that was, so I could tell him. And I want to figure out what kind of duck that is, so I can tell him all about it the next time we come.”

“What do you want most for him?” asks Stanton.

“Whatever his dreams are, I’m down to ride for him.”

“What’s your biggest fear for him?” asks Stanton.

“That he won’t try. If he doesn’t try, I’ll be hurt. 'Cause then we’ll never know how far he’d get.”

Excuse us—our hearts just burst.

Needless to say, the photo has already gone viral, with over 300,000 Facebook likes and counting. But a read through the comments is also pretty fascinating.

“That’s a true father right there, people,” writes Facebook user Natasha Prince.

“-the sound a stereotype makes when it shatters-“ writes Russell Bogue.

User Ruti Zwick leaves perhaps our favorite comment of all, when she says simply: “We put our children on our shoulders so they can see past us.”

Oh, how true it is.

Photo via Humans of New York/Facebook

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