The enthusiastic enjoyment of others can prove every bit as wonderful as receiving delight for oneself. We love it when our spouses or family members really love something — it’s contagious.
And if that something happens to come in the form of a new family member, it’s even more exciting. Cassandra Napier, a 29-year-old Texas resident, knows that full well.
Napier explained to Liftable, a section of The Western Journal, that her father lives in Florida. The distance between the Sunshine State and the Lone Star State meant that she couldn’t share some special news with him face-to-face.
However, she came up with an ingenious way to communicate with him on Father’s Day, and it came in the form of a present.
Thankfully her sister was staying with their dad over the summer, so she was able to help Cassandra execute her plan.
A video her sister, Crystal, eventually posted on Twitter shows the girls’ father opening up a gift bag bulging with tissue paper. Captioning her tweet, Crystal wrote, “I thought I share at how my dad reacted to finding out my sister is pregnant, best father’s day gift ever.”
The clip shows as he pulls the paper out, grinning at the bag’s contents. It was a stuffed Wookiee, one of the hairy, bear-like creatures from the “Star Wars” franchise.
“Just thought it was just a regular gift,” he told Liftable. “She knows how I like Star Wars, so she gave me a wookiee.”
But this wasn’t your ordinary Wookiee. In the video, someone — probably her sister — off-camera said, “There’s more to it.”
Inspecting the stuffed animal, the dad exclaimed, “Oh, wait a minute, it talks.” After fumbling for a moment with the buttons hidden beneath the toy’s furry exterior, he succeeded in squeezing its paw.
Suddenly, Cassandra’s voice flooded out of the plush toy. Her father’s face broke out in a big smile.
But that smile soon shifted to shock when he heard his daughter’s message: “Hey, dad, just wanted to wish you a very happy Father’s Day and to let you know that we’re having a baby!”
Cassandra’s dad howled in excitement and delight. In mere seconds, though, his face crumpled in on itself and he began to sob.
The entire time, he had the stuffed animal clutched to his chest, one hand across its body, the other cradling its head. Indeed, he was unconsciously cradling it just like you would a real baby.
Why did Cassandra go through all the trouble to break the news to her dad in this way? “Both him and I are very sentimental people, so I thought it would be cute to do something unique and something that he could keep as a memento,” she explained.
i thought i share at how my dad reacted to finding out my sister is pregnant, best father’s day gift ever pic.twitter.com/EaayGbB5hv
— crystal. (@ohhcrystal__) June 16, 2019
“I chose the Chewbacca bear because he has two dogs named Jedi and Princess Leia (he likes “Star Wars”), so I thought it would be a cute addition.” He wasn’t the only one who liked it.
The video has since been viewed more than 12 million times, and Cassandra’s father was particularly gratified by the response. “My younger daughter, Crystal, posted it on her Twitter account, and it just took off,” he said.
“I really love all the positive remarks and comments,” he said. “It was so nice to see that 99.9% of all the comments were positive.”
He also added that he isn’t sure how he’s going to handle things when the new baby actually shows up. “I think I’m going to totally lose it,” he admitted, “so I keep running it through my mind, and I just tear up, but I just really don’t know once I hold that baby in my arms.”
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