Humans of New York (HONY) is one of the most followed pages on Facebook and for good reason: it's real; it's touching; it makes us laugh and cry. The regularly shared photos and accompanying stories show up in your feeds whether or not you follow the page.
HONY got an unnecessary but totally exciting boost when it posted an image of a father and son sitting on a carpet and smiling for their picture. The picture was taken in Iran (HONY is now about New York humans in name only). Here's what the father told HONY creator and curator, Brandon Stanton:
"Today's his tenth birthday. He's a very emotional young man. He likes to solve other people's problems. One time when he was five years old, he came with me to the store and we bought two pounds of fresh apricots. I let him carry the bag home. He walked a little bit behind me the entire way. After awhile, I asked him to hand me an apricot. 'I can't,' he said. 'I've given them all away.' I knew then that I was raising a humanitarian."
Inspiring, yes? Not just to you. President Barack Obama "liked" and commented.
Here's what POTUS said:
"What an inspirational story. One of the most fulfilling things that can happen to you as a parent is to see the values you've worked to instill in your kids start to manifest themselves in their actions — and this one really resonated with me. I hope this young man never loses his desire to help others. And I'm going to continue doing whatever I can to make this world a place where he and every young person like him can live up to their full potential. (And if I ever get to meet him, I hope he'll save me an apricot!) -bo"
Signed "-bo"? I mean, really.
Obama's comment has nearly 130K FB likes, one of which is from the creator of both FB likes and the world's most insidious distraction: Mark Zuckerberg.
Oh, World, stop getting so small, stop being so lovely, stop making us all so warm, fuzzy and connected.