When Ben Sowards's wife, Connie, told him his 6-year-old daughter, Valerie, was crying because she wet her pants at school and wanted to go home, he knew he had to do something to cheer her up.
So, he decided to show her she had nothing to be embarrassed about. He splashed some water on his own pants and headed to her school to pick her up. When he got there, he asked Valerie for her backpack so he could use it to cover up his own "accident."
Valerie was clearly grateful for his gesture and started laughing about it instead of feeling terrible about her own incident. " "He pretended like they were sneaking out of the school together, like they were both getting away with something," Valerie's older sister Lucinda told ABC 10.
Lucinda decided to share her dad's compassion and posted about it on Twitter. She posted images of Sowards and Valerie smiling together along with the caption, "My little sis had an accident today at kindergarten & this is how my dad left to pick her up so she wouldn't feel so sad/embarrassed."
The tweet quickly went viral amassing over 63,000 retweets and over 255,000 favorites. People were delighted to see Sowards's dad's move of solidarity for his daughter.
Lucinda and Valerie are just two of the 11 children in the Sowards family, four of which are foster children who have been apart of their lives for the past two years. It's safe to say their father is passionate about showing kids they're loved and cared for.
"When one person's embarrassed, we're all embarrassed," Lucinda told ABC 10. "And when one person's happy, we're all happy."