We encourage our children not to pass judgment on others and to treat everyone with respect, regardless of their backgrounds or differences. One family from Arkansas, they were able to witness firsthand how huge of a heart their son truly possesses.
During a viral video, a young child clings onto his younger brother (who has Down syndrome) and sings him the song “10,000 Hours” while holding on to him. It’s a heartfelt scene with much more beauty hidden in the background.
Following the announcement that Nicole Powell and her husband, JJ Grieve, were expecting another child, the couple couldn’t contain their excitement.
However, it was during a scheduled appointment that the couple received the heartbreaking news that they were expecting. Doctors determined that their baby would have a low quality of life as a result of health concerns based on scan results. Even though they were pregnant, it was recommended that they terminate the pregnancy.
The citizens of Cabot, on the other hand, were not willing to give up hope. Grieve shared the following information with THV11:
“They recommended that we terminate the pregnancy, but I was adamant about not doing so.”
It was only a few weeks later that their baby’s condition began to improve. Tripp, who was born with an extra chromosome, was the couple’s first child, and they were thrilled to have him.
Because Tripp has Down syndrome, Powell and Grieve had discussed it with their two other children. According to the mother of five, during their interview with THV11 News,
In any case, I didn’t want our sons to feel embarrassed by him because he is still their little brother, no matter what he has.
With the most thoughtful response possible, their son Rayce sprung to his feet. Powell claims that he asked the question, “Aren’t we all unique?” When the parents realized their youngest would be admitted, their minds were immediately at peace.
Since Tripp’s birth, he has been a wonderful addition to the family’s composition. However, there is one activity in particular that Rayce enjoys doing with his brother that has captured the attention of the internet. He like it when others sing to him.
Rayce is seen cuddling Tripp in his arms while singing “10,000 Hours,” a song by Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber, in the viral video. Powell made the wise decision to post the cute footage on Facebook, which was fortunate for us.
The following message was also included with her submission:
“This is how Rayce and Tripp become friends. He sings to him on a regular basis. He swears that this song is about him and his brother and that he wrote it. As he sings, he says, “I’d spend ten thousand hours and ten thousand more if it took that many hours to learn that wonderful heart of yours.” I might never get there, but I’m going to give it my all, whether it takes 10,000 hours or the rest of my life. I’m going to love you no matter what.”
Powell ended her letter with a stirring statement, writing: ”
According to Rayce, “Love does not count chromosomes,” or, as he puts it, “Aren’t we all different?
It should come as no surprise that the video has been posted more than 44,000 times on Facebook in just one week and that it has garnered media attention.
Viewers have been captivated by the moment and have expressed their gratitude by leaving their own heartfelt comments. Powell reacted with her own statement, which read:
The comments have been wonderful and I wish I could like and answer everyone. Rayce and Tripp have become cuddle pals even while being in the hospital! “Thank you very much for your love and support for my darling boys?”
Sometimes it is the smallest acts of compassion and love that can have the greatest impact on your mood. It’s safe to say that this is one of those stories.
You can see the couple’s interview with THV11 News in the video player below. Congratulations to them on the arrival of their beautiful bundle of joy!
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