It’s not uncommon for young people to want to fly the nest. Indeed, many choose to spread their wings and travel to far-flung corners of the world. Something, or someone, often draws them back home in the end, though.
And the story of 22-year-old George Pike is a case in point. He had decided that traveling the world was exactly what he wanted to do; as a result, he decided to leave his younger brother and dad behind in order to fulfill his dream of adventure.
Initially, his plan entailed spending a couple of years abroad, so that he could see as many sights as possible. He wanted to visit many parts of Australia, for instance, including Adelaide and Sydney. However, things were about to change.
That’s because, although heading overseas was what Pike truly desired, he knew that going away wouldn’t be easy for either him or his family. What’s more, shortly before Pike was due to leave, his 70-year-old dad had undergone surgery to replace a hip. It was natural, then, that Pike would worry about the effect of the operation on his father.
Nevertheless, Pike was sure that his dad would soldier on and eventually be back to his normal self. So off he went. Still, throughout his journey – and no matter where in the world he was – Pike ensured that he kept in contact with his family. This included Skyping his father at regular intervals.
Indeed, not only did he keep his family updated, but he made sure that the internet knew of his adventures, too. To facilitate this, Pike set up a channel on YouTube. Here, he documented his exploits for all to see and racked up thousands of views in the process.
However, on the other side of the world, Pike’s dad had developed a minor infection. He had picked this up shortly after his operation. And as a result, it soon became clear to Pike that he needed to get back to his father’s side.
Before Pike returned, though, he came up with an ingenious scheme. Specifically, and with his brother’s help, Pike made plans to return home and surprise his sick parent. By this point, though, Pike wondered if his father had become so ill that the traveler wouldn’t recognize him upon his arrival.
But there was only one way to find out, so the plan was set in motion. And Pike and his brother decided to keep their father completely in the dark as to their ingenious scheme. To this end, on the day of the surprise, it was Pike’s brother who picked him up from the airport – and, together, they headed to their dad’s house.
Then, when they arrived, Pike’s younger brother went into the house first. This way, he could capture the father-son reunion on camera, and the whole family could relive the occasion again and again.
But despite Pike’s fears about not recognizing his dad, it turned out that he had had nothing to worry about. In fact, as soon as he walked into the room, he immediately found his dad and reached out to shake his hand. However, Pike’s father was caught completely unawares by the elaborate scheme that his offspring had concocted; in fact, the dumbfounded parent initially couldn’t comprehend what exactly was going on.
Still, it didn’t take long for him to register that his eldest son had finally returned. And in an emotional scene, Pike’s dad then climbed up out of his chair and pulled his son in close for a hug. The two men remained holding each other for a long while – and after their period apart, it’s perhaps safe to assume that the two had plenty to catch up on.
What’s more, Pike’s brother had managed to film the entire event. And after sharing his adventures online, Pike seemingly felt that he had to share this moment, too. So, that’s exactly what he did, uploading the emotional footage to YouTube.
That clip has been viewed more than 50,000 times, with the powerful bond between father and son definitely tugging on some heartstrings. Some viewers even expressed their admiration for the two of them for being so open with their affection. However, Pike’s dad is certainly not alone in feeling overcome with emotion on being reunited with his boy.
Indeed, it is not unusual for parents to break down when their child returns home after a period of time away. Moreover, that’s a situation that parents whose children serve in the military know only too well.
Take the reaction to Mason Miller, who returned home early after serving in Afghanistan for a year, for example. With the help of the family’s neighbor – and some military-grade planning – Miller managed to surprise not only his dad but his mom and sister, too. And, as with Pike, the young soldier also chose to document the incredibly moving scenes on YouTube.
Furthermore, the footage of Miller reuniting with his family has gone viral; to date, the clips have been viewed more than seven million times collectively and have been featured across multiple news sites. In fact, the tear-jerking video capturing his father’s reaction has attracted almost six million views alone.
And that staggering number of hits could be partly down to Miller’s father’s reaction after his confab was interrupted. Some viewers even pointed this out. “For a split second, his dad looked like he was about to lay the smack down on whoever interrupted his meeting,” one wrote.
However, many viewers instead chose to focus on how the videos made them feel. “It’s really hard watching this and not tearing up,” claimed one. Others, meanwhile, jokingly blamed their tears on something else entirely. One viewer even stated, “Who the hell is throwing onions at my eyes!!”
Nevertheless, perhaps these videos provide a valuable lesson for us all. Put simply, we should never take our loved ones for granted – and we should always tell them how much we love them.