When a friend or family member accepts you for who you are, that validation can comfort us so we can sleep at night.
But when someone goes out of their way to show you just how much they embrace you for being you—regardless of gender identification or sexuality—it's enough to warrant happy tears.
Twitter user @Snepblep shared a story of just such acceptance on Christmas day. @Snepblep is a transgender male whose grandmother showed affection for her grandson in an epic way.
The Raggedy Ann doll the grandmother previously gave him as a child received a trans makeover this Christmas.
Grandma cut the doll's hair, gave him pants and replaced the sewn name on its chest to indicate the man's chosen name: Gabe.
Gabe posted on Twitter:
"So when I was a kid I, I had a raggedy Ann doll given to me by my grandmother. It had my birth name embroidered into a heart on it's chest."
"This Christmas my Grandmother borrowed it and gave it back, now with pants, shorter hair, and my new name sewn in place. Hes trans, like me"
So when I was a kid I, I had a raggedy Ann doll given to me by my grandmother. It had my birth name embroidered int… https://t.co/oFOjofpuqc— King of horny on main (@King of horny on main) 1545758513.0
The new sewing job declares the doll's affection for Gabe – "I love Gabe."@Snepblep/Twitter
Gabe also received additional stocking stuffers from Grandma touting his chosen name, including an engraved pocket knife and a T-shirt that reads:
"I'm Gabe doing Gabe things."
Other name-based gifts I got from my grandmother include: an engraved pocketknife, and this sick t-shirt I'm never… https://t.co/Pp7LSlLoHx— King of horny on main (@King of horny on main) 1545761389.0
@Snepblep “I’m Gabe doing Gabe things” 😭😭😭 so fucking cute— 💙 Ashlynn 💙 (@💙 Ashlynn 💙) 1545775753.0
@Snepblep Gabes are awesome people. This makes an old man happy seeing these great gifts from g-mother— 2019 will suck too (@2019 will suck too) 1545777151.0
Gabe's Christmas post went viral with over 119k likes and gained much adoration in the comments that followed.
@Snepblep @TrinAndTonic Someone is chopping hella onions in here. Your grandmother is a gem!— Heather Vaughan (@Heather Vaughan) 1545773863.0
It was the perfect holiday story people were looking for.
Grandma instantly became idolized for winning Christmas.
@Snepblep I just read some bad news and I needed a good Christmas story to cheer me up. Thank you for sharing this, it's beautiful.— Katy A. (@Katy A.) 1545774044.0
@Snepblep Your grandma ROCKS!— 🌺 Lily Masters 🌺 aka 👑🌻🐐 (🙅🏻♀️) (@🌺 Lily Masters 🌺 aka 👑🌻🐐 (🙅🏻♀️)) 1545839171.0
@Snepblep Bless your grandmother for lifting you up! #muchlove— mdr Fx | #PresidentPelosi2019 | WE DO NOT FORGET. (@mdr Fx | #PresidentPelosi2019 | WE DO NOT FORGET.) 1545785629.0
@Snepblep Your grandmother got you some kickass Christmas gifts. Makes me miss mine. Merry Christmas Gabe.— Acey Deecey 🚀🚀 (@Acey Deecey 🚀🚀) 1545779731.0
@Snepblep This might be the sweetest thing I've seen all Christmas, please cherish your grandmother, there are othe… https://t.co/bWYb81ic1D— Frances Locke (@Frances Locke) 1545779315.0
@Snepblep @TrinAndTonic I'm crying I have no idea who you are but I love you and your grandma so much Merry Christmas ❤️— ✨Kit Pleasant✨ (@✨Kit Pleasant✨) 1545773550.0
@Snepblep @DWLphotos This well may be one of the sweetest things I have ever heard. Your grandma is the best. And I… https://t.co/ZtLzWiNgHu— GoodMostTimes (@GoodMostTimes) 1545783424.0
It's settled, then.
Everyone wants Gabe's Grandma.
@Snepblep I'm stealing your grandma— Jack Tori 🌈❤💛💚💙💜🌌 and 243 others (@Jack Tori 🌈❤💛💚💙💜🌌 and 243 others) 1545771566.0
This Grandmother gets it and Gabe is the luckiest grandson to have such a wonderful support system in his life.
We all love Gabe and his Grandma!