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Emotional dad that hasn’t seen his best friend in 7 years finds out he’s standing right behind him
It had been 7 years since the best friends had seen each other, so when the birthday boy found out his friend Ben had to cancel at the last minute he was very upset. Ben sent him a birthday video instead but the birthday boy had no idea his friend Ben was actually inside his home as he tearfully watched the video.
Sasha Alonzo
10.11.21

When it comes to birthday’s they’re really something special. For one, it’s the first day of your existence (which is always something to celebrate) but on top of that, it’s also time to be able to celebrate your existence with those closest to you – friends and family.

And those big birthdays, the ones that end in zero, are extra special celebrations.

It’s really important for us to have our family and friends around us for these kinds of celebrations.

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Randi Cross invited her dad’s friend Ben to his 60th birthday.

It had been seven years since the close friends had seen each other.

Ben, unfortunately, wasn’t able to make it.

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At least that’s what dad thought.

A surprise worth keeping

As it turns out, his family had a special surprise for him.

Dad’s 60th birthday bash was a pretty big one. It was packed with lots of family and friends.

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In the middle of dad’s party, they sat him down to watch a video message from a friend.

Capturing his reaction on camera

They ended up recording dad’s reaction to watching the video.

When dad saw his friend Ben on the screen he got really excited. Still, this wasn’t the birthday surprise.

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“Oh, how cool is that?!” dad said.

The video started with Ben and his wife singing “Happy Birthday” to dad.

“Hey brother, just wanted to wish you a happy birthday. Sorry, we weren’t able to make it down to join it. Sixty years old holy smoke!” Ben said from the TV screen.

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Tugging the heartstrings

Dad was clearly becoming emotional from this message from his best bud.

“We’re not that far apart, just turned 50 a year ago, but I’m blessed to have you in my life and blessed to call you my best friend. I know a lot of guys don’t have that relationship with other guys but… (something inaudible). Gosh I’m not very good at this video stuff but I just want to say I love you and I really want to wish you a happy birthday.”

That’s when buddy sneaks up from behind and is watching himself on the TV screen. Dad had no idea that his best buddy on the screen was actually standing behind him.

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“I think you’re an amazing man. I admire you and I totally respect you,” Ben says on the TV screen as he simultaneously becomes emotional while standing behind dad. “I just thank God for you.”

The family claps as the video ends and dad gets teary-eyed.

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That’s when someone gives him a big hug from behind.

Dad accepts the hug and even pats the hand of the person hugging him.

He thought it was his son until he finally looks up.

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“Oh, crap,” dad yells before he jumps to his feet to hug his friend.

It may have been the best bro-hug of all time.

The two hug each other tight and tear up.

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And there is something truly beautiful about two grown men, who aren’t family, embracing each other this way.

The video of this happy surprise ended up going viral with more than 5.9 million views.

“Thank you everyone for the nice comments. It was truly a surprise that I will never forget,” dad, who goes by Tbone Hill on YouTube, wrote in the comments.
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“My Daughter for the video, the wife for flying in Ben and Michele. I had no idea at all. And the folks and family that showed up to boot….and to the neighbors who cooked and put up deco….. it was the best birthday a dad could ever have. I am blessed beyond belief.”
Happy birthday, Randi! Moments like these are ones to treasure. Watch the incredible surprise in the video below.

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By Sasha Alonzo
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Sasha Alonzo is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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