Candice Curry was dealing with a family emergency—and knew she wouldn’t be able to pick up her 3-year-old from daycare that day. She called her teenage daughter, Stiles, asking her to please leave school a bit early so she could pick up her brother.
Comforted by the fact that her responsible teen would soon be at home with the toddler, Curry continued to deal with her emergency.
She never expected that when she pulled her phone out later, she would see this photo on her daughter’s Snapchat.
Rather than missing the last class of the day, Stiles went and picked up her brother, then went back to school with him in tow. She finished up her last class, while he apparently took a nap.
Curry’s heart melted when she saw the photo.
“I’m not sure on the legalities here or what kind of rules were broken but I also just don’t care,” wrote Curry, an author and mom of four. “My sweet teenager helped her family out and returned to her other responsibility while snuggling her baby brother.”
Stiles had asked her teacher, who said it was okay, and the class was also fine with her brother sitting in if he could keep quiet.
“I’m either the worst mom in the world or totally nailing it. Please don’t tell me which one, let me live in ignorant bliss while I stare at this picture,” Curry wrote.
“Life is short. These are the moments that make it so incredibly sweet.”
The image has since gone viral on the Facebook page Love What Matters, with over 100,000 likes and thousands of comments.
Several commenters noted that not many teenagers would do this.
“So sweet and tender!!! You must be doing something right Mama!!” wrote Kathryn Crane. “I do not know many teenage girls that would do this. Family is everything. You are raising an incredibly smart, kind, and caring daughter to look after her brother like that and still manage to get her schooling done. What an amazing young lady she is!! You are all so blessed!! This made my day and even before I’ve had a cup of coffee!!”
And perhaps more amazingly, thousands said, was that Stiles got the toddler to take such a peaceable nap.
“Everybody is just goin to ignore the fact she got a 3 year old little boy to take a nap?”
Teachers also chimed in.