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.

Dairy Queen Has Given "DQ Dad" and His Sons Their Own Family Booth
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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."

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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.

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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."

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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.

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."

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Brooks shared photos of their reunion on Twitter on Wednesday night, saying, "Well folks, we finally made it back to DQ with our dad, only this time with our new booth."

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BrooksBarber/Twitter

Dairy Queen greeted them with a neon sign that read, "Welcome home, Barber Brothers."

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And they celebrated with balloons and a cake that read: "We missed you, too."

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Twitter users were bawling at the photos!

The general consensus was that "this is what a family should be."

And we all couldn't be happier for them.

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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Diana Bruk
Diana is a senior editor who writes about sex and relationships, modern dating trends, and health and wellness. Read more
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