A father and son who share the same name and birthday celebrated two milestones in one tweet. Hundreds of thousands of people on social media warmed to the son’s token of appreciation.
Charles Brockman III proudly posted a collage on Twitter showing two images, one was of his father walking with him on his first day of kindergarten. The other showed him being escorted to his college dorms for the first time.
The post was an instant viral sensation as young Brockman paid respect to his father for sticking by his side after so many years.
“From the first day of kindergarten to college move in. Thank you dad,” he wrote in the caption beneath the poignant image.
His mother took both photos and it was revealed that she maintained the same tradition for every year that her son started a new year of education.
Brockman has enrolled into Mississippi State University, where he will study broadcast journalism and communication. And for the proud mother and father, they wouldn’t miss his orientation for the world.
“I’ve been truly blessed to have my dad, and my mom, always with me to provide support in everything I do,” he said.
In light of the post, Brockman can’t believe how popular it became online. “I thought maybe my friends would like it and retweet it, but I was not expecting this at all,” he said. Over 350,000 Twitter followers have liked or retweeted the post.
But more than anything, Brockman is glad that people have praised his father, who he believes was the reason he stayed so focused during his formative years.
“Sometimes fathers don’t get enough credit so I just had to pay it forward to him and thank him for all the years he’s been there for me,” he said.
Parents Sherry and Charles Jr. couldn’t believe the attention they got online from their son’s tweet. But they are completely humbled by their son’s token of appreciation.
“At track meets, a lot of times I’ve seen parents go up to their kids or sons and be told, ‘Don’t touch me. Don’t hug me in public.’ And he hugs me,” Brockman’s father said. “We tell each other we love each other all the time. I’m so proud of him. He’s a really good kid, a really good student.”