A 31-year-old woman has shared in a now-viral video that her father “still sits and waits” for her on the train platform whenever she’s forced to take a late train.
The video was posted to TikTok on Tuesday by Sophia_Beth (@sophia_beth1), who wrote: “My dad is the definition of a true gent.” The post has racked up more than 1 million views and thousands of comments from viewers who said the sweet video reduced them to tears.
Some women also took to the comments section to share the various ways in which their fathers still care for them, suggesting many men take their role as “dad” seriously.
“Thank you for always swiping in and waiting for me on the platform when I get a late train home,” read the video’s text overlay.
The video is a supercut of various clips Sophia filmed at the train station. In each clip, Sophia’s dad flashes her a big smile and leans in for a hug as she exits her train. At one point in the footage, the two hold hands as they walk off the platform together.
“I’m crying, he looks so happy to see you every time. I love this,” commented Chloe Hatton.
Sophia responded: “I know. And [he] always goes straight in for a cuddle.”
As it turns out, Sophia’s dad isn’t the only “true gent” out there. Many women in the comments section said that they’ve shared similar experiences with their fathers.
“My dad does this honestly god bless dads,” wrote W.A. “One time my dad stood with flowers for both me [and] my sister [because] we went away for 5 days.”
“My dad gives me rides to work every morning and he just turned 71,” said Tsion T.
Kat added: “My dad did this, he even drove a few times 5 miles to another station so I didn’t have to wait for a connecting train…I miss him.”
A study conducted by Pew Research Center in 2016 found that dads are “much more involved in child care than they were 50 years ago.” According to the Center, dads reported spending an average of eight hours per week on child care, “about triple the time they provided in 1965.”
“Dads are just as likely as moms to say that parenting is extremely important to their identity. Some 57 percent of fathers said this in a 2015 survey by the Center, compared with 58 percent of mothers,” the Center explained.
“Like moms, many dads also seem to appreciate the benefits of parenthood: 54 percent reported that parenting is rewarding all of the time…Meanwhile, 46 percent of fathers and 41 percent of mothers said they find parenting enjoyable all of the time,” the Center continued.
Many misty-eyed viewers said that Sophia was “lucky” to have such a caring father, and reminded her to enjoy every moment with him.
“This made my eyes water, what a beautiful bond you two have. You’re one lucky person to have a dad like this,” said KatieeGilbb.
“Man…seeing this breaks me into pieces. Enjoy every single moment you have with your loved ones. I would do anything to hold his hand again,” shared yevi.
Excellent Mokoena added: “This is so beautiful I’m crying.”