A hilarious video posted to the Kyoot Kids Facebook page shows an adorable tot taking his coach's words so literally, the moment will, quite literally, warm your heart and is sure to make you smile.
The video, which has garnered 14 million views, shows a little boy from Greensboro, North Carolina learning how to swing a bat at tee-ball practice. Andrew Hall, The Little Gym's gym director stands behind him, offering words of encouragement.
"Keep your eye on the ball!" Hall tells the little guy. And so, naturally, he does. Literally.
Hall is so touched by his mini-pupil taking his words at "face" value that he can't help but fold him up in a hug. Because, kids. They are so preciously innocent. And they do, and say the darnedest things!
My 3-year-old tells me her belly is turning blue when she's hungry. In other words, her tummy is sad because it wants food. Even though this pronouncement is often made in a high-pitched, whiny tone, I can't help but smile a bit every time she says it. I honestly hope she never outgrows this precious innocence...even though I know that is impossible.
So, I cherish it while I can. And I feel very lucky to bear witness to the beauty of childhood. This is the same sentiment Hall expressed when we asked him about the video.
"When he actually went for it and put his eye on the ball, all I could think was perfect!" he said. "I was so happy for him to have thought it out and did exactly what was told of him. The fact he took my statement so literally and put it into action was one of the most precious things I'd ever experienced at TLG, and I see a lot of cute stuff! The innocence of his thinking made my day."
What has your child said or done that has made you feel this way?
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Find her on Facebook, where she chronicles her life momming under the influence. Of coffee.