Victoria Cohen flew all the way from Chicago to California to deliver some news to her parents in the most unique way. She knocked on the door holding a bag of take-out – and within seconds, her father brought his hands to his face in shock.
Cohen is originally from California, but these days she resides in Chicago. Formally trained as an engineer, she worked in a corporate post until the end of 2016, when Cohen decided to make some drastic changes to her life and quit.
In the fall of that year, Cohen left her job in order to focus on one of her greatest passions in life: yoga. She decided that she wanted to be a full time yoga teacher, in fact, so that’s exactly what she did. Now she also runs a lifestyle website called Almonds & Asana.
Cohen’s website gives her an online space where she can share tips on all things health and wellbeing. But there’s another reason why she attracted a lot of attention online recently. And it was all to do with a video that went viral.
In March 2018 Cohen and her husband Tom Burke did something totally awesome to surprise Cohen’s parents. Their actions stemmed from a long-standing family tradition, but the way in which they pulled off the surprise was executed to perfection.
The video starts with a shot of Cohen standing by the front door of a house. It transpires that she’s waiting outside her parents’ home in Orange County, having flown all the way from Chicago to California to deliver some extra special news.
Cohen then knocks on the front door and waits for somebody to answer. Within a few seconds, her dad swings open the door and the look on his face is absolutely priceless. It’s clear that he immediately clocks what is going on.
As the front door opens, Cohen is heard saying, “Did someone order Maggiano’s?” while she offers her dad a bag of take-out food from the restaurant of the same name. And when Cohen’s father hears the word “Maggiano’s,” he knows exactly what his daughter means.
In a rather unusual manner, Cohen is in fact telling her dad that she’s pregnant. As soon as he understands what’s happening, her father brings his hands to his face – and then he and his daughter share a beautiful embrace in the doorway.
Next, Cohen’s mom comes to the door to find out what all the fuss is about. But it doesn’t take her long to work it out. She sees her husband and daughter hugging and then looks down to see the Maggiano’s take-out bags.
“No! Maggiano’s!” Cohen’s mom exclaims as she comes to understand that her daughter is pregnant. And with that, the big announcement was complete. But in order to understand the relevance of the Maggiano’s references, we have to go back a full seven years.
Seven years earlier, Cohen’s brother Grant had told their parents that his wife Chanel was pregnant. And the family were sitting in Maggiano’s restaurant in Los Angeles when he broke the big news. Then, when Chanel became pregnant again, the couple did the same thing.
Yes, Cohen’s brother booked a table at Maggiano’s to announce the second pregnancy, too, creating a bizarre family tradition in the process. So, when Cohen herself fell pregnant, she knew that she wanted to follow suit and keep up the unusual ritual.
And Cohen managed to pull it off perfectly, resulting in a heartwarming video that the whole family can treasure forever. Indeed, some of the best clips on the internet involve pregnancy or gender reveals, and plenty of them rack up millions of views.
One such video, which has garnered a whopping six million views, involves two grandparents-to-be playing a game inspired by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. They sit at the kitchen table with noise cancellation headphones on while their son shouts the same sentence at them over and over.
The phrase that they must lip read is “You are going to be a grandparent,” but the grandfather-to-be doesn’t decipher it right away. In fact, he takes a good while to understand what is being said, whereas his wife – the grandmother-to-be – grasps it almost instantly.
What follows is a truly hilarious piece of film that shows the grandfather-to-be struggling to understand the phrase. But when he finally does, his reaction is amazing. “I’m going to be a grandfather?!” he exclaims as he jumps to his feet, clearly overwhelmed with emotion.
As a viewer, it seems impossible not to be touched by the poignant footage – and plenty of YouTube users agreed. “That is the best video I’ve ever seen,” commented one who was particularly moved by the pregnancy reveal.
While Cohen’s reveal was based on a very personal family joke, it still made for wonderful viewing even for those who don’t know what Maggiano’s is. And just a little while after that clip, Cohen filmed a gender reveal video as well.
True to her love of yoga, Cohen sent an email to a favorite athleisure brand of hers, YogaClub. The message contained an attachment that revealed the gender of her baby, and then the company sent her some yoga attire in the appropriate color – blue.