VIDEO: Father’s Pride Over Son’s Accomplishments Brings 10-Year-Old to Tears

BY: - 11 Jun '13 | Videos

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Rasan Raheim Portlock

Get your tissues ready….

The Grio  reports that during an interview with NBC’s chief education correspondent Rehema Ellis, 29-year-old Rasan Portlock brought tears to the eyes of his 10-year-old son Ryheim over his son’s academic achievement.

The father and son sat down with Ellis to talk about the academic improvements made at Devonshire Elementary School in Charlotte, N.C. Before the school district made positive changes to the system, Rasan had doubts about whether the school cared about Ryheim’s success, but now feels that the educators are working to bring out the best in his son.

“I didn’t know if they really cared about what they were teaching him or not,” he said. “Now you can tell that there’s more concern about the children’s growth. It’s more about learning, it’s an experience, it’s better. It’s about success.”

Rasan became visibly choked up as he shared his fatherly pride over his son’s progress. Ryheim, who once dreamt of becoming a doctor, now wants to be a genetic engineer. “He’s always had big dreams, from a child he always wanted to be something,” Rasan said.

“I get these big dreams from like when I read books,” said Ryheim. “When I read books from the library, I go like ‘Wow! I want to be this when I grow up.”

As the interview continues, Ryheim struggles to fight back tears as he listens to his father speak.

When asked why he’s crying, Ryheim explains that it is because “he [his father] really looks forward to me growing up and becoming…”

“Whatever you want to be,” Rasan says.

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    This story is truly touching! Ms. Aja Dorsey Jackson, I would like to reach out to this family! I used to be that 10 year old who wanted to be a scientist and I achieved that dream!!! GOD IS GOOD!

    • Aja Dorsey Jackson

      Congratulations to you!

  • Val

    So touching. Love his drive to want to see his son fulfill his potential. Thanks for sharing this.

  • BrothaTech

    I could hear all the colorful, wonderful and mesmerizing, adjectives the father meant when he said “That’s my boi – He aight…He aight” at the 1:50 mark

  • Eddie B

    As a man sometimes the main thing you wanna hear is “I’m proud of you”. And that starts from young. You can look at this and see why its important to get kids to read, his eyes are open and he believes in himself and his dad having his back is just awesome. I am loving it. Keep up the good work Aja!

    • Aja @makinglovinthemicrowave

      Thank you, glad you enjoyed it!

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  • Tonya

    Heartwarming to see such a wonderful and supportive father.

  • Candace (NYStateofMoM)

    OMG definitely a Kleenex moment. That was so so sweet to watch and father’s pride and love for his son. This just shows what it does to a child to have the validation of his father along with the support of their school system. Beautiful story.

  • Xena

    Such a beautiful interaction between them. Thank you for sharing!