This is the beautiful moment a stunned mother was brought to tears as she was presented with a children’s book, seven years in the making, about her loving parenting skills.
In the emotional video, Mary Jo Parker can be seen getting presented with a wrapped box at a family brunch, totally unaware of what’s inside.
Having unwrapped the gift and peeked into the package, though, Mary Jo, 59, immediate began to cry, putting her hands over her eyes and then mouth in sheer disbelief.
The book was written by her daughter, Amanda Doster, who, for seven years, had been trying to finish a tale about her mother’s way of telling her daughter how much she loved her: “A million pennies’ worth.”
This has become Mary Jo’s go-to way of expressing her love for Amanda down the years, evolving the phrase to different occasions, such as “I love you a million jellybeans’ worth” for Easter.
Having come up with the idea while working as a pastry chef, Amanda struggled to find an illustrator who could commit to helping her complete the book in a given timeframe.
This year, though, the writer made it her New Year’s resolution to be able to present the book to Mary Jo in time for Mother’s Day.
Working with a friend’s niece, Emily Larrabee, an illustrator, the pair were able to make the book a reality in time for the big surprise on May 13.
Amanda has also self-published the book on Amazon, and having recently shared a video of the loving surprise on a social media, “Millions of Pennies Worth” briefly reached the Top 200 on the website.