Soldier’s Homecoming Gives Brother With Autism the Joyful Surprise of His Life (VIDEO)

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david's homecomingAll David wanted for his birthday was to see his brother, a soldier in the U.S. Army. David, an adult with autism, had not seen his brother since December 2011. He knew it was "impossible," but when he was asked what his birthday wish was, that's what he wished for. Well, I think you can guess what happened -- David's brother made a surprise visit.

But it's even better than that. You have to see exactly how David's brother surprised him. It's magical -- and the joy on David's face when he sees his brother is priceless.

I love it -- he pops out of a box! And David is just deliriously happy. (I was actually worried for a moment that he might not recover.) What I love about this video is how palpable the love is between these brothers. This is someone David was longing to see, someone he had a strong attachment to. You can just see it in his face and in his brother's.

I think this video shatters some of the myths and stereotypes of people with autism -- that they're devoid of emotion, that they can't connect with people. Clearly David has a deep relationship with his brother. He shows emotion, and he sees the emotions in his brother and sister-in-law's faces. 

And that brotherly bond is a beautiful thing. It looks like David's gotten just as much love from his brother as he's given. This video is so sweet, you may have to watch it a couple of times.

Is there anyone you'd wish to see on your birthday, even if it's impossible?

 

Image via Amber Cutrone/YouTube

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