Once again, I’m sitting at my desk happy-crying, and I couldn’t be happier about it.
YouTuber and UK radio personality David Goodings of the birthday present he planned for his grandmother's 86th birthday. and it's four straight minutes of happy tears.
“I thought I would do something a little bit different for my nan this year,” Goodings writes on YouTube. “Once she was in the car and thinking she was listening to the radio, she suddenly got the biggest shock of her life…”
In the clip, we see Goodings pull up to pick up his grandma, Iris. They drive a bit listening to the radio, but the broadcast is interrupted.
"We interrupt this broadcast to bring you some breaking news," says the radio presenter, whom Iris is completely unaware is just a recording of Goodings himself.
"Breaking news just in: Iris Howard is celebrating her birthday," the radio says, making Iris smile. “Commonly known for winning the Best Nan Competition 10 years in a row, the 86-year-old is often described as ‘an incredible person’, and loved by all her friends and family."
“Time now to hear some birthday messages.”
Grandma Iris starts to cry happy-tears as she listens to message after message from her children, grandchildren, and friends.
And the messages just keep coming. Eventually she's so overcome with emotion she starts to sob, and has to search in her purse for tissues.
When the messages finish, Goodings turns to his Nan. “I thought we’d get some birthday messages on for you," he says. "Did you like them? Nan, don’t get emotional.”
“I can’t help it,” Grandma Iris says, speaking for all of us.
She's so overwhelmed that Goodings starts apologizing for making her cry.
"I was gutted about one person in particular, because I know you’re close to your brother and he’s in Australia," Goodings tells her. "And I really tried to get him, we spent weeks trying to get hold of him. But we couldn’t get a recording. The logistics of it, and just being technical, we couldn’t do it. So I’m a bit gutted about that. But I guess we’ll try another radio station shall we? Shall we try another one?”
Guess who's on the next station?
It's Iris' brother. Of course it is. He wishes her a happy birthday and jokes about their childhood—and the crying starts all over again.
"There you go, that’s it. I didn’t want to upset you," says Goodings. "We just wanted to show you how much you mean to us. But I didn’t want to upset you on your birthday. I feel guilty now."
You should, David Goodings. Not only are you making all of us look bad in front of our grandmas, you ruined my mascara.