Incoming first-year football player Daniel Hutchinson was sure of two things when he was dropped off at Ithaca College. The first was that he loved his mother, and the second was that he wasn’t going to cry when she headed back to Florida.
In a moment that warmed hearts across social media, even capturing the attention of Oprah, the first fact proved more true than the second.
Saying goodbye with their special handshake, they slapped fingers like two swinging doors. Forward, then back. Then, their hands clasped, a mother’s and a son’s, just the two of them, like it had always been.
That’s precisely when the moment hit Hutchinson. Not even halfway through their ritual, he pulled away and turned to regain his composure.