Can we get a collective, "Aww!"
A photo of a dad sleeping underneath his sick son's crib is going viral, and one look at the touching image is all you need to understand why.
"This is a picture of a hard working man dedicated to his family!! After working all night third shift, he's right here with his son who is in the hospital. He's so tired but he's here!! Father of the year award goes to Andre Palmer!!! I love you more than words baby," the post, which was shared by Palmer's wife Amy, reads.
Since the photo was shared, it has inspired more than 15,000 reactions and 2,500 shares. But many people don't even know the story behind it. According to ABC News, the Palmer's baby, Andre Jesse (A.J.), suffered an asthma attack and was hospitalized. Dad Andre worked from 11 p.m. until 7 a.m., and then came straight to the hospital.
"The room was so small the only thing that fit was the chair bed and the crib. He came in when he got off work early in the morning, and I was still half asleep. That's why he laid there," Palmer further explained in a comment on her post, adding, "I had to take a picture because to many, all they see is a man lying on the floor. To me I saw a man who worked all night, who could have went home to go to sleep (I wouldn't have minded knowing he worked all night), who could have asked me to get up so he could lay down. All this shows the amazing husband and father he is!!!"
Amy soon gave up her spot on the chair for her husband. She told ABC about Andre, "He does everything he can for our family. You just take it for granted, and then something like this happens and you see how much it touches so many people."
It's true; I often take for granted how much my husband does for our family. He works all day, and then comes home with all the energy in the world to play with the kids. And I know he would do what Andre did if one of our children were sick; he'd give up sleep, even though he was exhausted, to make sure our little one was okay.
Luckily, the Palmer's son is okay and his ordeal is over. But this photo has made a lasting impression on many, including me. So thanks to all the hardworking parents out there, who would still do anything for their kids.
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.