Reporter Courtney Friel was making a live transmission from a kindergarten, and she decided to interview a 4-year-old boy named Andrew Macias. The boy’s reaction to one of her questions turned him into a popular meme.
Everything was fine until the journalist asked the boy if he was going to miss his mother on his first day of school, and although he said “no” after a little giggle he began to cry inconsolably.
The episode took place during an August 2015’s coverage of the first day of school of the second-largest school district of the US, in Los Angeles, for KTLA. Read more on our Twitter account @amomama_usa
Meme stars tend to be put out of context rapidly and they soon return to anonymity, and little Andrew Macias was not the exception until know. To commemorate the two-year anniversary of the heartbreaking moment, in August 2017 KTLA sent Courtney Friel to interview an older Macias to see how he was getting ready to start the first grade.
As NY Magazine clarified, Macias’s mother was right behind the camera as her sweet boy started to cry back in 2015, and she immediately comforted him. Contrary to what people could think, she didn’t have any bad feelings towards Friel.
To show how much things had changed for Macias, who was then 6, Friel asked him the same infamous question that caused the understandable but unexpected reaction the first time they met.
Macias proved to be much more mature when facing the question that made him so emotional on his viral first encounter with Friel, as he didn’t deny his feelings but showed he knows how to deal with them know.
“Are you going to miss your mom?” asked Friel once again. To what he simply replied “Yes,” without losing his adorable shy smile.
Friel recalled the “heat” she took for accidentally making Macias cry in the original interview, and she revealed that she actually sensitive about what he was going through on his first day of school, as she has a son of the same age.
Even if the internet world soon forgot about Macias, he was invited to appear on TV and commercials a couple of times, and he is a sort of a local celebrity in his community, with many people recognizing him and asking to take his picture.
As grown-ups, we know how hard sometimes it still is to deal with our emotions, and we can’t help but relating to children when they get overwhelmed by the things that they feel so strongly way before they can understand them.
This is why videos of children suddenly overcome by emotion are so popular and hard to resist. Another example of this is a cute moment starred by a pair of small twin brothers who were caught in a 1-minute-long video by their mother.
In the video, that ended up being played more than 57.000 times since its release in YouTube in 2015, one of the children hurts his brother’s feelings, making him cry, and then comforts him by holding his hand and giving him a hug.
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