The internet can be a depressing place. There’s no shortage of news of horrible tragedies, celebrity stints in rehab, and studies that claim pizza is bad for your health.

But, every now and then, the internet provides us with a story that reels us back in and makes us rediscover it’s capability to be a vessel for the goodness of humanity. And there’s no story that encapsulates this better than that of Kalani Watson.

Watson, a youngster from South L.A., had only one wish on his 10th birthday, and no, it was not the new iPad. The boy wrote a letter to his step dad, Brandon Williamson, detailing the immense impact the man has had on his life. At the end of the touching letter, the birthday boy asked his step dad to adopt him. That’s precisely when Williamson broke down in tears (and so did I).

Is someone cutting onions? Because I can’t seem to stop these tears from running down my face.

Kalani’s mom posted the video to her Facebook account, accompanied with the following message:

ᴍʏ sᴏɴ ᴀsᴋᴇᴅ ᴍʏ ʜᴜsʙᴀɴᴅ ɪғ ʜᴇ ᴄᴀɴ ᴀᴅᴏᴘᴛ ʜɪᴍ!!! ɪ sᴡᴇᴀʀ ᴛʜɪs ᴡᴀs ᴏɴᴇ ᴏғ ᴛʜᴇ ʙᴇsᴛ ᴍᴏᴍᴇɴᴛs sɪɴᴄᴇ ᴡᴇ’ᴠᴇ ʙᴇᴇɴ ᴛᴏɢᴇᴛʜᴇʀ. ᴛʜᴀɴᴋs ғᴏʀ ᴀʟᴡᴀʏs ʟᴏᴠɪɴɢ ʜɪᴍ ᴜɴᴄᴏɴᴅɪᴛɪᴏɴᴀʟʟʏ ᴀɴᴅ ᴛʀᴇᴀᴛɪɴɢ ʜɪᴍ ᴀs ʏᴏᴜʀs ғʀᴏᴍ ᴛʜᴇ ʙᴇɢɪɴɴɪɴɢ!! ᴜs ᴀɢᴀɪɴsᴛ ᴛʜᴇ ᴡᴏʀʟᴅ!!! ғᴏʀᴇᴠᴇʀ ᴀɴᴅ ᴀʟᴡᴀʏs!! ʟᴇᴛ’s ᴍᴀᴋᴇ ɪᴛ ᴏғғɪᴄɪᴀʟ!!!

The video has been viewed more than 3 million times since it was posted last week, and it’s easy to see why.

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