This video of David Beckham losing it after seeing his kid is peak dad-son goals.

David Beckham, renowned football* player, husband of the artist formerly known as Posh Spice, just celebrated his 43rd birthday.

First of all, congratulations, David Beckham! Hooray!

But now that's out of the way, let's get real: I bet you're wondering what's so special about a celebrity's birthday? And I get it. I mean, they have them all the time.

But this birthday actually was super special. That's because, as Bored Panda points out, Beckham's family figured out the one thing to give him that's even better than both birthday cake (very good) and tangible goods proffered unto a presumably wealth guy for simply surviving one more year: the gift of being together with the ones we love.


Beckham, just like a lot of us, doesn't get to spend nearly enough time with all his loved ones.

And big reason for that, beyond what must be a hectic schedule of footballing and modeling, Beckham's son Brooklyn has been away in New York studying photography at university this year. So although the rest of the Beckhams (there are four children in all) spent David's birthday in London, Brooklyn was probably only going to be able to be present via a nice phone call or Skype session.

Instead, though, Becks' oldest son wandered in mid-meal to give his dad the biggest hug ever and oh my god, who is chopping onions up in here?! The moment, of course, was caught on video. And it's the sweetest thing you'll see all day.

Listen, there are many reasons why this particular celeb birthday moment was awesome. But since both of us have to get back to work in a second — your boss isn't going to like it that you couldn't finish putting the cover sheet on you TPS report because you were busy welling up at an Instagram video— I'm going to choose just two, and then we'll get on with our day.

1. Family really can be so wonderful!

Yes, your family members can be annoying and infuriating, and no one can make you go from 0 to 60 on the rage-o-meter like your mom or dad, but when they're there for you, they're really there for you. And that's especially evident here.

According to my own sleuthing work (I checked to see who filmed the video — you're welcome), Victoria Beckham and Brooklyn planned this together and kept it a secret. It's especially adorable to hear Harper, 6, exclaim "I didn't know Brooklyn was coming" in delighted wonder!

2. It's awesome to see how open with their emotions the Beckham men are.

We live in a world where men are often told that it's not OK to have feelings. The Beckhams, however, must be raising their children to fight these ideas.

Not only is David clearly delighted to see his son, but he has no compunctions about crying it out in public and then posting it for the world to see. You see how long that hug was? Brooks (can I call you Brooks?) and Becks are so happy to see each other, it's like the rest of the world melts away. You can't put a price tag on that!

(I'm not going to tell you what to do with your life, but maybe call your dad or your brother or mom or just someone you love today today. I bet they'll be just as excited to hear from you!)



*That's what they call soccer across the pond!

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