You can’t help but be moved by this touching video of a little boy singing to his Down syndrome baby brother. But the heartwarming tale of their brotherly bond will make your heart burst!
Rayce Powell, 6, knows that his baby brother Tripp is a miracle. But after a touching, loving video of the child singing to his younger sibling, everyone in the world also knows it.
Nicole Powell was worried that after her youngest son Tripp was born with Down syndrome, her elder brother would feel “ashamed” of him. She needn’t have worried, though, as a priceless scene she captured on camera shows.
In the video, Rayce, her second son, who was six years old at the time, is seen sitting on the bed with Tripp, a six-week-old baby, in his arms.
Rayce begins to serenade his younger brother as “10,000 Hours” by Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber are playing in the background.
He sang: “I’d spend 10,000 hours and 10,000 more, oh, if that’s what it takes to learn that sweetheart of yours.” And I might never get there, but I’m going to try. “If it’s for 10,000 hours or the rest of my life, I’m gonna love you.”
Nicole posted the heartwarming video on Facebook in December 2019; since then, it has gotten 3.8 million views.
The mom of five kids wrote in the caption that singing to her son Tripp is a special way for Rayce to bond with him. The boy tells her that the song is about him and his brother, not realizing it is about a husband and wife.
“Love doesn’t count chromosomes,” or as Rayce says, “Aren’t we all different?” Nicole, a police officer in Cabot, Arkansas, wrote in the caption.
To send to her husband, JJ Nicole recorded the video on her phone. However, Rayce and Tripp’s bond was too precious to keep to herself, so she chose to share the video on social media.
The feedback Nicole received from her video was “wonderful,” she said. “I had questioned our motivation and why we are now parents of a Down syndrome child. I think it might have been to spread love and awareness.”
“People are so afraid of what may occur. “But he’s the best,” she said. “It’s quite awful, but motherhood is frightful in general. My sons have made me so happy.
Tripp was born on November 21, 2019, and after a month in the NICU, his entire family visited him every day. On Christmas Eve, he was finally permitted to go home.
Nicole and JJ learned during scans that Tripp would likely be born with Down syndrome. They refused to end the pregnancy despite doctors’ recommendations to do so. Nicole said they were initially worried about the situation because she was unfamiliar with Down syndrome and hadn’t been around someone who had it.
Moreover, she was worried about how her other kids would treat their younger siblings. She said, “I simply want them to love him the same way they love each other since I have four other children, and they all adore each other.”
Early on, the parents told their kids of the problem. They shared what they had learned with them, despite their limited knowledge. We told them that he would still be your brother while he would change. The boys replied, “But we’re all different,” in response. And we concluded, “Okay, this will be okay,” Nicole remarked.
Along with Rayce’s natural kindness, Nicole and JJ’s attempts to teach their children about Down syndrome played a critical role in the kids’ acceptance of their baby brother. They have finally succeeded as parents by teaching their children to be kind to everyone, even those who are different. These lovely boys are giving us all a great example of how to put aside our differences and accept one another for who we are, exactly as God made us!
Tripp still has a particular bond with Rayce and his siblings, even at the young age of just two.
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