Humans of New York
—which I highly recommend you follow if you're on
—is currently traveling through Iran, where photographer Brandon Stanton is continuing his tradition of posting a portrait photo and short story of someone he meets every day. Yesterday, he posted this photo
of an Iranian boy and his father, with this heartwarming story from the boy's father:
"Today's his tenth birthday. He's a very emotional young man. He likes to solve other people's problems. One time when he was five years old, he came with me to the store and we bought two pounds of fresh apricots. I let him carry the bag home. He walked a little bit behind me the entire way. After awhile, I asked him to hand me an apricot. 'I can't,' he said. 'I've given them all away.' I knew then that I was raising a humanitarian."
The comments are wonderful. Thousands of people commended the boy and the father for raising him. But this comment from the White House—signed "-bo" to note that it was written by President Obama—really caught my eye:
If you're having trouble reading the image, he says:
What an inspirational story. One of the most fulfilling things that can happen to you as a parent is to see the values you’ve worked to instill in your kids start to manifest themselves in their actions – and this one really resonated with me. I hope this young man never loses his desire to help others. And I'm going to continue doing whatever I can to make this world a place where he and every young person like him can live up to their full potential. (And if I ever get to meet him, I hope he’ll save me an apricot!) -bo