Dairy Queen Has Given "DQ Dad" and His Sons Their Own Family Booth
The photos are making our hearts melt like an ice cream cone on a summer day.
In August, Brandt Barber, 57, shared a touching Instagram post about missing his three sons, who'd gone off to college. You see, for years, the four of them would go to the same Dairy Queen in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia, every week, sit in the same booth, and order "from the same little old lady, never deviating from the routine."
First to fly the coop was Brooks, Barber's oldest son, who headed off to the University of Georgia. Then 19-year-old twins, Bryce and Luke, left for school last month.
And, pretty soon, it was just Brandt.
"DQ was never really the thing," he wrote on Instagram. "Spending time driving to and from and talking, listening to their music, and watching them interact as brothers, now that was the thing."
Brooks shared screenshots of his father's poignant post on Twitter on August 30th, and it went massively viral, tugging at the heartstrings of every empty-nester and their kids. Brooks said that he and his father "have an incredible relationship" and that they'd all be reunited at Dairy Queen soon.
To give everyone some piece of mind, my dad and I have an incredible relationship and yes my little brothers and I will be heading back to DQ with pops soon
— Börks (@BrooksBarber) September 1, 2019
And now they have—and in style, too. The ice cream chain has immortalized their table with a fancy little plaque that reads: "Barber Family Booth."
Dairy Queen greeted them with a neon sign that read, "Welcome home, Barber Brothers."
And they celebrated with balloons and a cake that read: "We missed you, too."
Twitter users were bawling at the photos!
I love this 😭
— feliciaa.renee (@Yo_Feliciaa) September 25, 2019
The general consensus was that "this is what a family should be."
This is what a family should be man. Happy for all of you.
— Jáy-Qué (@SticQeno) September 26, 2019
And we all couldn't be happier for them.
As a mom of four boys, this just melts my heart. Treasure your time with your brothers and dad. 💗
— Katie Walsh (@katiewalsh72702) September 26, 2019
After all, it might not seem like much, but it's little moments like these that we remember and cherish the most. And for another heartwarming story, check out This Viral Photo of a Retired Marine Crying at His Daughter's Wedding Is Connecting With Dads Everywhere.
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