Sixth grader Tannah Butterfield, who attends American Heritage School in South Jordan, Utah says the viral video that has made hearts melt all over the world is "the best thing that's ever happened to me."
*I give permission to all media outlets to use this video and post with credit to: Jackie Alexander (and American Heritage of South Jordan) Thank you* Some Mondays are better than others. I share this with permission from the parent of this student. This is pure testament that in a world full of turmoil and strife, there is still light and joy to be found in little everyday moments. A dear family I know has been fighting for as long as I can remember to adopt 3 of their foster children that attend our school. It's been hard to watch them fight this emotional battle. My love has grown for this family and I have learned so much from them as they have tried to remain positive despite many set backs. Today my phone rang at my desk and it was my friend Jen telling me things FINALLY had come to an end and the courts were going to let them ADOPT the children!! She asked me if I would be sure to tell her sweet girl when she came to my desk for her daily visit. She knew she would want to know right away because she had been so worried. I don't think even I could understand myself what that moment would feel like. Our security cameras caught the moment perfectly. I cry as I type this. In 12 years at this job, this is by far my best moment ever!! To tell a little girl that she gets her family forever takes the cake. I can't even describe that hug...and thank heavens her mom doesn't mind that I kissed her a million times, and a million more after the film cuts off. A moment needed after waking up to another morning of devastating news on t.v....but a sweet reminder today that life can be and still is beautiful in spite of it all. ♥️#americanheritageofsouthjordan
Well, on second thought, it's the second best thing. The news that created the moment caught on security camera video at school -- that's the best thing that's ever happened to her.
Last Monday, Butterfield learned that a judge approved her foster parents' petition to adopt her and her two younger siblings. When Jackie Alexander (a.k.a Ms. Jackie) delivered the news, Tannah jumped on her, wrapped her arms and legs around her in delight. She didn't let go.
"She's easy to cling to," she said of Ms. Jackie whom she considers a good friend.
Ms. Jackie, who was feeling gloomy that day after hearing of the massacre in Las Vegas the night before, felt instantly overjoyed at her little friend's reaction.
She posted the video for all to see.
"I had to let people know there's a lot going on in the world, a lot of sadness but you know what? There's joy that happens every day."
Our affiliate KUTV in Salt Lake City, Utah contributed to this story.