Parents' priceless reaction to daughter's acceptance letter into optometry school is pure joy

It's always delightful to see a good news reveal video, but this couple's proud, joy-filled reaction to their daughter surprising them with an acceptance letter to an optometry school is nearly impossible not to smile at.

Gurjiv Kaur, a graduate of University of California, Irvine, shared the video on Twitter, and it's been retweeted nearly 100,000 times.

"So I told my parents we were making a video for extra credit," she wrote. "But what they actually read was my first acceptance into optometry school."

In the video, Gurjiv hands her parents, Karamjit Kaur and Jagdeep Singh, a folded piece of paper and casually tells them just to read it aloud, "like tongue twisters." But when her dad starts reading the letter, with mom reading over his shoulder, the joy of the surprise begins—and it only gets better from there.

"Oh my God!" exclaimed her dad. "This is incredible! Whoa!"

"What??" her mother asked incredulously. "You just had your interview today!"

The acceptance letter came from the University of the Incarnate Word's Rosenberg School of Optometry in San Antonio, Texas via email shortly after Gurjiv's interview.

In this sweet viral video sundae, the "Dear Gurjiv, COMMA," is surely the cherry on top. But the smiles, the pride, the finger wagging to the sky as dad says, "Let me read this!" and the laughter from Gurjiv who clearly knew her parents' reaction would be worth capturing on video—all of it is just priceless.

The university that sent the letter even shared the joy on Twitter as they shared the video with the comment, "We're not crying, you're crying! Welcome to the UIW family, Gurjiv (and parents)!"

After the video went viral, Gurjiv wrote that she was "humbled by all the love and encouragement" and thanked everyone for their kind words.

"I definitely did not expect it to go that big," she told TODAY. "I'm really glad that a lot of people found joy in seeing my parents' reaction. It made them so happy." She said that her dad has since read the letter over multiple times and keeps practicing how to say "optometry."

Thank you, Gurjiv and parents, for this dose of wholesome delight.


1991 blooper clip of Robin Williams and Elmo is a wholesome nugget of comedic genius

Robin Williams is still bringing smiles to faces after all these years.

Robin Williams and Elmo (Kevin Clash) bloopers.

The late Robin Williams could make picking out socks funny, so pairing him with the fuzzy red monster Elmo was bound to be pure wholesome gold. Honestly, how the puppeteer, Kevin Clash, didn’t completely break character and bust out laughing is a miracle. In this short outtake clip, you get to see Williams crack a few jokes in his signature style while Elmo tries desperately to keep it together.

Williams has been a household name since what seems like the beginning of time, and before his death in 2014, he would make frequent appearances on "Sesame Street." The late actor played so many roles that if you were ask 10 different people what their favorite was, you’d likely get 10 different answers. But for the kids who spent their childhoods watching PBS, they got to see him being silly with his favorite monsters and a giant yellow canary. At least I think Big Bird is a canary.

When he stopped by "Sesame Street" for the special “Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake” in 1991, he was there to show Elmo all of the wonderful things you could do with a stick. Williams turns the stick into a hockey stick and a baton before losing his composure and walking off camera. The entire time, Elmo looks enthralled … if puppets can look enthralled. He’s definitely paying attention before slumping over at the realization that Williams goofed a line. But the actor comes back to continue the scene before Elmo slinks down inside his box after getting Williams’ name wrong, which causes his human co-star to take his stick and leave.

The little blooper reel is so cute and pure that it makes you feel good for a few minutes. For an additional boost of serotonin, check out this other (perfectly executed) clip about conflict that Williams did with the two-headed monster. He certainly had a way of engaging his audience, so it makes sense that even after all of these years, he's still greatly missed.

This article originally appeared on 08.21.18

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