Sibling rivalry is the earliest form of fighting. It was even in the Bible. Cane and Able started it off, and since then it's never stopped.
But for Jessica Evans and her 15-year-old brother, David, there's no such thing as sibling rivalry. It's pure love.
The 21-year-old University of North Georgia moved away for school, and she knew how much it affected her brother, who has Down Syndrome. That's why whenever she would come home to visit, she made sure to surprise David at school.
“There were a couple times that he had absolutely no idea I was visiting,” Jessica says. “I would hide behind my mom, or a car, and run up and surprise him as he was coming off the bus—he would have no idea!”
Jessica would usually just share the videos with close friends and family, not thinking other people would care.
But then something happened that completely changed her mind.
David was about to become a freshman at a new school, where his mom is a teacher. That meant no more bus trips for David, but a ride in with mom every day.
“I realized I wouldn’t be able to pick him up or surprise him anymore, and I was sitting there looking back at old videos,” Jessica says. “That’s when I decided to put them all together as one big video.”
Jessica decided to put all the videos together and share them with people on Twitter, hoping it would bring some joy.
“I share the same excitement when I see him,” she says. “He’s my whole world. I love him to death, and I don’t know what I’d do without him.”
The video went completely viral, with over 170,000 people sharing it. Once you watch, it's not hard to see why.
for anyone who is having a bad day: here is a video of my little brother's reaction every time i come home and surprise him😍😭 pic.twitter.com/6HDxLC3CpM— jess (@thejessevans) August 15, 2017
The response was extraordinary, with people sharing their own stories with their siblings.
Sweetest thing I've seen on twitter I think ever. Thank you , God bless— Abernasty (@charllamos) August 15, 2017
Just lovely! Hello to both of you from my brother and I! 😄 pic.twitter.com/KPAFLoHf28— Laura Brousseau (@lauras3d) August 17, 2017
My brothers nickname for me is "his honey" I love this 😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/4BMvy0vPco— Grace Wheeler (@goodGRACEious) August 16, 2017
I LOVE everything about this. This pic.twitter.com/t1Ejteqi6O— Carlisle (@OGchaesop) August 16, 2017
My older brother from Texas surprised him at the airport and he barely flinched lol smh pic.twitter.com/q0zclalQcH— Kwasii Asemoah (@WinEverUwantIT) August 16, 2017
Even Chrissy Teigen got in on the action.
really sweet and awesome. you guys are so lucky to have each other!!— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) August 16, 2017
Jessica's message to everyone who sees the video is pretty clear:
“Love people, because love is definitely something the world could use a little bit more of,” she says. “I think that children and people with disabilities don’t get as much credit as they deserve – they are some of the sweetest and most loving people in the entire world.”
When asked if he likes the attention he's getting, David is thrilled.
“Yeah!” he says. “I’m a rock star!”
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