A mother-son duo is warming hearts on the internet with a soulful rendition of their special song after the mom discovered her “lovely caregiver” was indeed her son.
Sebastian, an Australian man, proved himself a filial son after reuniting with his mom following a long separation. The older woman, Ingrid, who suffered from dementia, failed to recognize her son at first, breaking into a joyous song once she did.
A video of the heart-melting incident showed the pair taking a walk along the streets, with the woman clinging onto Sebastian’s elbow.
As they walked, admiring the weather, the man suddenly asked his companion if she knew who he was. She paused briefly to stare at him adoringly before replying that he was a lovely carer. The man remained unflinching as he said:
“What if I told you that I was your son.”
Ingrid’s face contorted into a smile as it dawned on her that her son’s name was Sebastian, just like the caregiver. Still, she seemed reluctant to believe him, bursting into a feat of laughter as she echoed his seemingly ridiculous idea.
At a loss, Sebastian joined her laughter, pausing only to reassure her he was not bluffing. His mom then cast him one more glance before admitting he looked like her Sebastian.
Again the man insisted he didn’t just look like Sebastian but was really him. The argument prevailed for some seconds as Ingrid kept reminding him he shared the same name with her son.
When realization finally struck her, Sebastian’s mom looked emotional, declaring she hadn’t seen him for a long time. With that, she broke into a heartwarming rendition of the 1939 song, “We’ll Meet Again,” by Dame Vera Lynn.
The young man joined in the song, tweaking the lyrics a bit to make Sebastian the song’s legendary hero and Ingrid, the heroine. They crooned:
“Ingrid wants to meet Sebastian some sunny day, some sunny day because Ingrid loves Sebastian very much…”
The pair sang on happily as they continued their journey down the footpath. The heart-wrenching video, shared in January, has since garnered millions of views.
Many have reacted to the post, commending Sebastian’s strength in the face of his mom’s illness. Others sympathized with Ingrid, her family, and everyone else enduring challenges related to dementia. One netizen commented:
“Dementia steals the memories, but it can’t steal the love. That’s forever. This was a beautiful, heartbreaking/heartwarming example.”
Others marveled at the power of love, reflecting on how beautiful it was for a mom battling dementia to still remember she had a son whom she loves.
“She may not remember his name or who he is in relation to her. But she remembers that she loves him. That’s all that matters.”
Most commenters admitted the clip moved them to tears, making them realize just how powerful the love of a mother could be.