Happy weekend, everyone!
Spring is springing here in the Northern Hemisphere, and even though the same thing happens every year, it never gets old. No matter how long and dark and cold the winter gets (for those of us in the northern climes, anyway), the sun always comes out, the greenery always returns and the flowers always blossom.
It's refreshing and beautiful and life-giving, every time—and a metaphorical reminder that growth and renewal are possible. There are rainy days and muddy messes and old, dead stuff to clear out of the way, but it's all in the service of life reasserting itself.
It's the season for celebrating hope, friends. Let's do it.
This week's round-up of internet delights includes humans being excellent to each other, people sharing their amazing talents, animals being hilarious and sweet, and heartwarming examples of support and unconditional love. It's joy and hope in 10 small packages, which when you put them all together, will hopefully give you a little boost in your faith in humanity.
Epic proof that dance = the great unifier.
I mean, this is literally nothing but pure human joy.
The crowd hushed for this blind basketball player to hear the hoop—then went wild when she made it.
This was amazing \n\nThe crowd went silent so she could hear the hoop! \n\n(via @zeelandschools)pic.twitter.com/SeztTiHyzF— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) 1648145510
Jules Hoogland is a junior at Zeeland East High School in Michigan, and she plays on the United Sports team, which organizes teams with and without disabilities to play together. Awesome example of meaningful inclusion. Read the full story here.
The musical talents of the Wilson family are just PHEW.
Like, DANG. Even the wee one! So impressive.
Skaters helped an elder ride a skateboard for the first time and she was so stoked.
Wholesome Content ❤️ *EXTENTED VERSION*…I filmed this in Washington D.C April 2017 #skateboarding #skate #wholesome
Gotta love a little intergenerational sharing.
Macaw enjoying a bath—and objecting to the human turning off the faucet.
"Did I say I was done?" indeed. Macaws are a species of parrot, and parrots are said to have the approximate intelligence of a human toddler, so this isn't surprising. Still delightful, though.
Bap that fish, kitten!
kitten plays ipad games #fypシ
Ah, what the wonders of the modern world can do.
Doggos playing some good old-fashioned keepy uppy.
This is genuinely impressive. Look at the air some of them get!
And then there's this doggo who just loves on everyone.
Totally in love. Golden retrievers aren't known as one of the friendliest dog breeds for nothing.
Anne Hathaway blows Kelly Clarkson away with her own song in a karaoke competition.
anne hathaway is a theater kid, you will never beat a theater kid at these types of games (even if you are the untouchable kelly clarkson)pic.twitter.com/FQiopkySqQ— alex (@alex) 1647953052
You'd think going up against Kelly Clarkson in a singing competition would be a huge mistake, but Anne Hathaway can hold her own. And Clarkson's reaction to missing her own song is hilarious. Read the full story and watch the full segment here.
The love of Ketanji Brown Jackson's family during her opening statement was so beautiful.
The tears her husband wiped away. The look of knowing admiration on their daughter's face. Her parents were in the crowd, too, their faces beaming with pride. A beautiful highlight in this historic moment. Read the full story here.
Hope that restored a little calm and joy to your heart at the end of a long week. Come back again next Friday for another roundup of smile-worthy finds from around the internet.
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