This story about the lengths a mom will got to to care for her kid is the antidote to cynicism we need right now.
Writer Grace Li was talking to her mom on the phone; according to Buzzfeed, Li lives in Harlem and her mom lives in Texas.
Li told her mother, Shixia Huang, that she'd been feeling under the weather, and had a headache. Her mom told her she'd see Li soon, and hopped on a plane. For real:
Huang works as a cancer researcher, so it's not like she didn't have important stuff to do at home. But she told Buzzfeed that when she checked, flights were surprisingly cheap. And she was worried about her kid! She's a mom!
"I was at work on Friday afternoon planning to work late that evening. Around 4:30, I got a message from Grace telling me that she felt sick," said Huang. "I called her and she told me that she had this headache and we also chatted about her day and her weekend plans. I felt that the headache was a bit unusual and that she missed home."
This simple story is warming all out Internet-calloused hearts. People are calling it "the sweetest thing ever" and we have to agree.
this is. the sweetest. thing. I have ever. 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭— ✨meg rk✨ (@megofstars) March 17, 2018
SHE IS THE BEST— Grace Li (@gracedli) March 17, 2018
Huang took care of Li all weekend.
OMG your mom is the cutest 😭— Aneeqah N. (@hianeeqah) March 17, 2018
SHE MADE ME SOUP THIS MORNING— Grace Li (@gracedli) March 17, 2018
It wasn't a huge journey, but it was a huge gesture:
Is it a long flight for her to come?— Mary Linn (@writerMaryLinn) March 17, 2018
A few hours!! But I was NOT EXPECTING IT— Grace Li (@gracedli) March 17, 2018
Also, she made sure Li got checked out. Moms worry.
The first thing she did was zip me to her doctor friend I was like "mom it's fine I'm sure this stabby head pain will pass" and she was like LOL TIME TO SCHEDULE A CT SCAAAAANNNN— Grace Li (@gracedli) March 17, 2018
And she made sure her daughter would have food and care when she left, too.
Oh my god june you're going to make ME cry she left this morning and cooked enough food for me to last the next three days and 😭😭😭— Grace Li (@gracedli) March 20, 2018
Honestly, both of Li's parents seem pretty rad:
But no one can get over how awesome Huang was in her kid's moment of need:
Moms... there’s nothing like em.— Jaime Primak (@JaimePrimak) March 18, 2018
Oh my gosh. This is maybe the sweetest thing I've EVER seen. 😍 Also this picture is beautiful.— 🍉 Cindy Baldwin 🍉 (@beingcindy) March 17, 2018
when I lived in NY for a summer, I got homesick and as soon as I told my mom, she booked a flight. moms rock 😭❤️— jaim💞 (@jaimie_bell) March 19, 2018
Mom's are mom's... sheer love— Hasan Shafi, Ch. (@mhshafipk) March 19, 2018
This happened to me one time! Moms 💖😍💖— ˈsɛlfseɪm [ sohl ] 🌹💀🌹 (@selfsamesoul) March 19, 2018
Moms.... always the best💕— Cheri Amor (@cheribevamor) March 19, 2018
That's amazing - moms are the greatest! 💖💖💖💖— Nicole DragonBeck (@DragonBeck) March 18, 2018
Li also says her mom cleaned her kitchen and even organized the cabinets. Wow.
While I can't imagine my mom going that far, this does make me want to call her.