When Miriam Zakharova and her family were thinking about what to get her grandmother as a gift, they finally settled on a baby doll.
Growing up in Spain after its civil war, Miriam’s grandma had never been able to afford a doll. Like many women her age, she grew up in poverty.
The war had a negative effect on everyone living in Spain, and for children it meant growing up very quickly.
When you don’t have enough food to eat, or a way to effectively clean yourself, or a place to sleep, you quickly learn that toys are not as important as basic human survival.
Forced to do without, most of these children were robbed of their childhoods. So Miriam and her family wanted to give her grandmother some of the youthful joy she missed out on.
She assumed that her grandmother would appreciate the gift, but her reaction completely blew them away. As soon as she got the wrapping paper off the gift, Miriam’s grandmother broke down in tears.
Miriam posted the video on Twitter, writing, “My grandmother could never have a baby doll so we gave her one.” The tweet quickly went viral, and now has over 25,000 likes and 12,500 retweets.
People everywhere were blown away by her grandmother’s response — watch the video below to see her full reaction.
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Video provided by Miriam Zakharova. To see the original post, visit Miriam’s Twitter.
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