Grieving Dad In Tears Hearing 4 Year Old's Special Song
Marilyn Caylor 1/5/2018
Raising kids is hard work, even when things are going swimmingly well. When tragedy strikes, these limits are tested even more, making even the best parents break down in frustration. One father knew this feeling all too well, as his family had recently lost one of their own.
When little 4-year-old Alexander started singing and playing his guitar in the next room, he had no idea that his father had dropped everything he was doing, and was headed right for him. But, instead of admonishing his son for misbehaving, the man suddenly burst into tears.
Alexander did something his father Samir Deais was extremely proud to witness. After he overheard his 4-year-old son singing in the hallway, Samir grabbed his smartphone and quietly filmed what the young boy was doing. He didn't want to disturb the precious moment!
Last year Alexander was blessed with a younger sister, Ava, but sadly she was born with a medical condition called hydronephrosis, which causes fluid buildup in the kidneys. Ava graced the family with her loving presence for 4 months before it was her time for her to go back to Heaven.
The family created a beautiful altar in remembrance of their little angel, and that's where Samir found his son that night. The tiny Texan was singing directly to his sister at her altar, and now the video that dad recorded is plucking at everyone's heartstrings.
Sometimes it can be hard for a parent to explain to a child that a loved one isn't coming back. However, Alexander still somehow knew that if Ava were alive, it would have been her first birthday - and he wanted to celebrate it with her!
With purposeful intent, the adorable boy stood directly in front of Ava's altar, and strummed on his toy guitar while singing a tune he learned from Disney Pixar's animated film, Coco.
When Samir posted the video on Twitter, he wrote:
"My son singing "Remember Me" from the movie "Coco" to his baby sister, Ava, who we lost this past May. He's only 4 years old and he understands. He didn't even know he was being recorded. He just wanted to sing to her for her 1st birthday! Happy Birthday mamas, we miss you!"
The animated flick stars a young boy who is an aspiring musician, and both of these themes are something that Alexander can directly relate to.
Samir says that the movie has done wonders to help Alexander cope with the family's insurmountable loss. Even though Alexander is barely out of the toddler stage, he probably understands more about how everything is interconnected than he's given credit for. Samir told mySA:
"I couldn't be more thankful for the movie. It's made it so easy to understand for him and for us to explain to him in a beautiful way."
When you watch the video, you can clearly see that this little cutie knows he's singing for both the Ava that is always with him in his heart, and also for the sister he will be reunited with one day.
Dad said that Alexander's sweet performance has brightened everyone's day. But, the family is grateful that there's something else just as bright on the horizon - there's a new baby on the way for this delighted family!
Watch this video to see Alexander sing for his little sister.