Heartwarming video of a man singing to his 98-year-old grandmother on her birthday has everyone in tears. The grandmother is overcome with emotion in the video as her grandson sings Nat King Cole’s “Unforgettable” to her. The video was posted on Facebook and has since gone viral.
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The man in the video is Ash Ruiz, singing his grandmother Gina Rosa’s favorite song for her. “I have the most precious memories of my Grandma Jean doing everything with a song, she was always singing and her voice was rich, velvety and beautiful.”
He said that he and his grandmother would sing that same song while he was a young boy. It’s one of the reasons why he joined a band in his teens. “Having a grandmother that was always singing, that was really powerful,” he said. “It’s kind of like I started singing before I started talking.”
According to Inside Editon, the two would sing Unforgettable together on her birthday every year until her 80th birthday when she no longer able to sing anymore. Even though she was physically unable to carry on the tradition, Ruiz vowed that he would keep it alive for both of them.
Eventually Ruiz moved away and started a family of his own, but the distance never kept him from signing to his grandmother via Skype or FaceTime, according to the Daily Mail.
In this particular video, Ruiz surprised his grandmother by flying back to North Florida to sing to her in person. “Her body’s in that place of winding down, so she can barely speak,” Ruiz said.
“But one thing that was so beautiful to notice was her presence, and her spirit was really bright and really alive and really receptive. When I started singing her favorite song to her, she just started crying.”
After Ruiz watched the video, he was amazed that he didn’t cry himself as he sang. “When I re-watch it I have no idea how I held it together for most of the song … I did lose it at the end and what you don’t see is the sweet tears and ‘I love you’s’ that followed.”