Seeing a loved one after any period of absence can be thrilling — even if they are just coming home from a long day at work. That said, the longer friends or family are away, the more emotional the reunion can be.
Now, imagine not seeing your own mother for 10 years. What would it be like to finally reunite?
It's hard to predict what 10 years of absence would do to your heart, but one man found out firsthand. Shannon Slattery uploaded a video to Facebook of her husband Jeffrey seeing his mom for the first time in a decade.
The video first shows Jeffrey's brother, Axel, surprising him. Jeffrey is overcome with joy because he hasn't seen him in four years. There are shrieks, laughter, and hugs all around.
Then Jeffrey's mom, Madeline, comes out from where she is hiding.
Jeffrey emits a heartbreaking sob "Mama" before running into the other room and collapsing. If you weren't crying before, you will be after witnessing this the tender moment between mother and son.
Slattery explains in the description of the YouTube video, that Jeffrey's mom traveled on a 23-hour plane ride from Libreville, Gabon to meet their new baby, Christian, which is Madeline's first grandchild. When Slattery found out Madeline and Axel were coming, she kept it a secret from Jeffrey to surprise him.
She said Jeffrey and Madeline kept in touch via frequent video chats and phone conversations, but they never got the chance to meet face-to-face before now because of various reasons including visas, money, and life.
We all know phone calls aren't the same as seeing your loved ones in the flesh, and being able to hug each other. This is why the video is also resonating with moms, sons, and anyone who has been apart from a loved one. Since the video was posted on Facebook on July 26, it has been viewed a whopping 6 million times and counting, while the YouTube video has racked up over 1 million views.
The family connection is something that most of us can relate to, but Slattery also says how the video captures what kind of person Jeffrey is, "Jeffrey is 6'7"and works as a carpenter. This video is the epitome of what an upstanding man he is. He's kind, loving, God fearing, patient, hardworking, and a loving father and family man."
Lastly, the heartfelt video shows that it doesn't matter how old you are, you will always want to be with your mama.