Rhonda Whitney was at her daughter’s school talent show and recording the performances when she captured something incredibly heartwarming.
A young girl singing Andra Day’s hit “Rise Up” stumbled nervously halfway through her performance, and the entire audience froze up with her. That is, until her mom’s voice rang out in song!
If you’re in a place where you can’t comfortably cry, go find one. And then watch this.
Whitney writes, “At my daughter’s talent show last night, this young lady got scared and stopped singing. What her mom (Shaye Washington) did, had me in tears and I cry every time I watch it.”
Don’t worry, we’re crying over here too.
When the young girl freezes, the tension in the auditorium is palpable and then here comes her mom, singing out loud exactly where her daughter left off. If that’s not backing up your kid (literally) we don’t know what is. By the time she joins her onstage, I’m going to guess there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.
And as the saying goes, the show went on but lucky for us Whitney shared the footage on Facebook where it’s since gone viral. It’s easy to see why — the moment Washington starts singing is one of the most powerful showings of parental love I’ve ever seen.
Once the video spread, Washington shared her own thoughts on the moment.
“My motherly instincts just kicked in. I wanted to teach my daughter perseverance. I am so grateful for all of the love I am receiving from strangers, because sometimes I am hard on myself as a mom and think I’m not doing enough so all of the kind words are definitely a breath of fresh air,” she writes.
Washington continues, “I saw her struggling and getting ready to get frustrated so I just immediately stepped in. From where I was standing it looked like my child was asking for help, but just not verbally. Like at that moment she wanted someone to step in and save her.”
As far as Whitney’s reflection after the moment’s passed? “A surreal moment, the energy in that room was unlike anything I’ve ever felt. Just blessed to have been there,” she says.
And we’re blessed she captured it so we could all be there too.