You’d think that, having watched approximately 185 heartwarming Christmas TV movies in the last week, I’d be immune to all the emotional holiday videos the world could throw at me — but this viral video WRECKED me. In Oklahoma, two little girls received teddy bears with their late-grandfather’s voice recorded on them for Christmas. Their older sister posted a video online of them opening their presents, and their reactions — a mix of happiness and tears — have the whole Internet sobbing. Seriously, you’ll need to brace yourself for this one, because your heart is about to grow three sizes.
Florencio Jimenez died suddenly and traumatically last year at only 56 years old, after having a stroke following a robbery. His granddaughter, 16-year-old Jennifer Ramos, told BuzzFeed News that he has been sorely missed this holiday season. “We’re used to having my grandpa around for the holidays,” shesaid. “It’s been really sad for us not having him.”
Ramos has two little sisters, Mariana and Sarahy. On Christmas Eve, their Aunt Andrea decided to surprise them with reminders of their late-grandfather — stuffed teddy bears with recordings of his voice. Ramos told BuzzFeed News that her aunt used old videos of her grandfather to get the voice samples. Now, when Mariana and Sarahy press on their bears' paws, they hear their grandpa reciting an “inside joke” and laughing. Ramos told BuzzFeed that hearing their grandfather's laugh was especially powerful for the girls, saying, “I think that’s what got them, his laugh at the end."
Ramos tweeted a video of her sisters opening their gifts on Saturday:
so my grandpa passed away tragically about a year ago and my aunt got my sisters a teddy bear that has a recording of my grandpas voice😢❤️ pic.twitter.com/zdjUaghISr— yenn (@y_jennifer2974) December 25, 2016
I’m not crying, you’re crying.
OK, we’re all crying.
The video of the girls’ emotional reaction has been retweeted more than 66,000 times, and most viewers’ responses can be summarized as the human equivalent of the “Loudly Crying Face” emoji.
Ramos’ recording also gave rise to this reaction video, which, to be honest, I love almost as much as the original video:
Lady, you are ALL OF US.