The Gorgeous Story Behind This Viral Photo
Sometimes we're so busy with our heads in our phones, we miss beautiful things around us.
Never has this been more true than with this man, a father who has become an internet sensation by providing a simple act of kindness.
This is true for 25-year-old Eumine Choi of Queens, New York - the man who uploaded this photo of a soaking wet father, holding his umbrella over his small son. The caption read, “Hope the son just grows up to realize how lucky he is… Pay it forward.”
Choi posted the photo to Reddit and it proceeded to go mega viral - and it's not hard to see why.
The photo has resonated with a lot of people, reminded of their own relationship with their father - and parents - and all the things they did for them as a child.
Choi has now confirmed that the photo was not staged, as some people suggested.
"I was leaving work and it was pouring rain and I opened my umbrella and looked up and there was the dad and the son walking. I was about to cross the street and I just wanted to take a picture to show my friends later that night. I wanted them to see what I witnessed.
The dad was carrying a leather briefcase and some food, and instead of worrying about himself, he gave the umbrella to his son. Actually, his son wasn’t even holding it; the dad was holding it for him, and only certain people would think to do that.
It was sweet. It reminded me of my dad and all the times he did these kinds of things but I didn’t even realize. I think the kid was eating a snack or something. I don’t think he realized what his dad was going through at the time.
I think everyone can relate somewhat and can recognize how much of a selfless act this is. It struck a sweet spot. Dads, they don’t get as much credit as they deserve."