It’s been just three months since 18-year-old Ethan Lanphere’s father left his family. So when Father’s Day came around, he was expecting it to be a somber day instead of a happy one.
“Originally, I wasn’t looking forward to Father’s Day at all,” he tells Babble. “I couldn’t remember the last time I didn’t have a father to celebrate.”
But then an unexpected gift from his younger brother changed everything.
Waiting for him on the kitchen counter was a DIY Father’s Day card, made by his 9-year-old brother, Jackson.
“When he gave that card to me, it instantly put a huge smile on my face,” Ethan recalls. And when you read the homemade card for yourself, it’s easy to see why:
You are the person that I look up to. You have been my influence to make me a good person.
PS — I love you.”
OMG, cue all the tears.
This is easily the sweetest thing I’ve ever seen — and Ethan certainly agrees. “I had to fight back tears, to be completely honest,” he shares. “It really caused my day to transform from somber to heartwarming.”
With just a few pieces of construction paper (and some truly kind words), a difficult day was totally turned around.
“His class had a school project in which they made cards for their fathers for Father’s Day,” Ethan explains. “My mother told Jackson he did not have to participate if he did not want to, however he took it upon himself to dedicate it to me!”
It’s pretty clear that Ethan has had a real impact on his baby brother. And he shares that he’s been going out of his way to spend even more time with his family lately, despite finishing up a semester at Cornell.
“My family lives about two hours from the university,” he shares, “but if possible I would come on weekends to spend time with my brothers and my mother,” he explains. “I actually surprised everybody by driving down on Mother’s Day! Now that I’m home for the summer, I’ve been spending a lot more time with both of them.”
Since sharing the “Father’s Day” card on Twitter June 18, the photos have clearly struck a nerve, receiving over 11K likes and 1.5K retweets to date.
One thing’s for sure: Ethan’s a wonderful brother and it’s pretty clear how much that means to his family (especially little Jackson).
h/t: Huffington Post UK