Philosophers and theologians over the years have made much of the fact that human life is short. Solomon compared life to chasing after the wind.
Some thinkers from ancient Rome used the image of a grain of incense falling onto an altar, there one moment and gone the next. There’s a good reason for such a preoccupation.
After all, it’s true that we don’t last long, and such a truth should make us approach life differently. Well, it certainly has for one woman from Methil, Scotland.
“And I love recording his reactions when I come to visit. I hope everyone can appreciate the video I’ve made as much as I do.”
Grandad and I ????? pic.twitter.com/8YOs1oHX1a
— Jen (@JenBarclayX) December 15, 2018
Barclay posted a video of her standing at her grandfather’s door and then the elderly man’s beaming smile every time he opened the door for her.
In virtually all of the clips, the slightly hunched older man answers the door with a cheery countenance. Sometimes he’s whistling.
Sometimes he playfully pretends that he doesn’t recognize Barclay. Sometimes he bestows a grandfatherly kiss.
“What’s the password?” he asks at one point. “Please!” Barclay responds (which works quite well).
“Hello, honey bun!” he exclaims in the last clip. There’s one commonality that all the pieces of the video share.
Barclay’s grandfather is thrilled to see his granddaughter. No, strike that: He’s overjoyed.
“No matter how many times I watch the video of my granddad opening the door, it brings a tear to my eye,” Barclay said, according to the Daily Mail. “So much love.”
My wee Grandad, 87 years young and he’s my no.1 guy? I love him with all my heart. And I love recording his reactions when I come to visit. I hope everyone can appreciate the video I’ve made as much as I do???xoxo pic.twitter.com/4XK4TEBctQ
— Jen (@JenBarclayX) December 14, 2018
Social media users seemed to agree. Over 600,000 people have liked the video and more than 115,000 have retweeted it as of Tuesday morning.
“I wish I did this with my grandma,” a user named Dara said. “Sometimes she even came to the door with fresh cookies.”
“This literally made me start to cry in a room full of people at work,” Emily-Louise Mary tweeted. Jonathan Riley wanted to know, “If these are really surprise videos, then why he prepared and lookin’ so fly with his make up and hair did.”
“Makes me miss my grandpa,” another Twitter user confessed. “Can i adopt yours?”
Indeed, the video reminds us of how important it is to treasure those we love. After all, we don’t know how many days are allotted to them — or to us.
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