For the past 18 months, we have lived under the shadow of covid, aka “the new normal.” But for our littlest ones, this “new normal” is the only normal they have ever known.
To them, normal is seeing people in masks at the grocery store. Normal is standing in lines, 6-feet apart. Normal is air hugs and only seeing grandparents through windows or computer screens.
Normal is being with their families, 24/7. Allllll day, evvvvvery day.
Normal is having mommy and daddy working from home. Normal is having their older siblings doing virtual learning.
But now, as we gingerly try to transition back to the good old days pre-Covid, our littles are seeing a whole new world. What is so familiar to the rest of us is brand-spanking new to them.
Parents are heading back to the office, masks are coming off, and siblings are returning to in-person school. And it can take a bit to get used to.
18-month-old Emelia “Emmy” Muddamalle is just starting to experience life in her “new normal.” A life without her 3 older brothers – Liam, 10; Levi, 8; and Lucas, 6 – constantly around.
And it’s safe to say, she misses them.
All three boys have returned to school in their hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Emmy can hardly wait to see them at the end of the day.
And when she does finally see her long-lost brothers? Her reaction is absolutely priceless. And so is theirs.
Luckily for us, Emmy’s mother, Brittany Muddamalle, captured the sweet reunion on camera and shared it on social media where it has quickly gone viral.
The video clip has garnered over 1.2M views on Instagram and 18.6M views on TikTok. Because let’s face it, we could all use a huge helping of happy right about now.
In the video, Emmy toddles down the sidewalk in the direction of her brothers. As the boys appear on the far end of the screen, one of them yells, “Emmy!” and in the cutest voice ever, she responds, “Hi!!!”
Her brothers continue calling her name as she yells, “Bubby!!!” (her word for brothers.)
Emmy runs as fast as her little legs can carry her, arms outstretched. Liam, Levi, and Lucas all run towards her, their arms pumping. One says:
“Emmy, I see you!”
And I swear, it’s like watching a scene from a Hollywood movie.
The boys don’t stop until they reach her, one of them flinging his backpack to the ground, and they all bend down, wrapping her in the sweetest bear hug ever.
OMG, I think my heart might explode.
Brittany captions the video:
“Try watching this without smiling.”
Yeah, good luck with that. Also, there might be sobbing.
Take a look:
Try watching this without smiling ???????
Brittany tells Good Morning America:
“She never experienced her brothers gone. This is the first time. She’ll wake up from her nap like, ‘Where in the world are my brothers?’ and look for them all day.”
Brittany goes on to say:
“They’re pretty close With [Emmy], they just dote on her. They put her on their backs for piggy rides.
They just do everything with her all day long, so when they were gone, she literally was like ‘What am I supposed to do?'”
Forget sibling rivalry. This is some serious brotherly love. And people are loving it.
There are over 77K comments on TikTok alone.
Many of them commented on Emmy having bodyguards for life:
Others joked about having slightly different relationships with their own brothers:
And then there was this one, bahahahahahaha:
In a follow-up TikTok, Brittany shares that they thought they were going to be a boy family but when they found out about Emilia, it was love at the first reveal.
“From the first moment they found out about her to the bus stop yesterday… These kids love each other like nothing I’ve ever seen!”
From the first moment they found out about her to the bus stop yesterday… These kids love each other like nothing I’ve ever seen!
Brittany and her husband, Joel, believe that there is nothing, NOTHING, more important than family. We tend to agree.
She tells GMA:
“One of the things in Indian culture is that family is everything.
We’ve worked really hard at instilling that kind of love with our kids.”
And it’s pretty clear, their hard work has paid off. The love that these kids have for each other is sure to last a lifetime.