Have you ever fantasized about what you'd do if you got to meet a famous person? Would you shake hands or hug? What would you say? Would you gush, or play it cool? Or would you become so overwhelmed you just... duck and crawl away?
Laugh all you want, but that's how one youngster reacted to meeting Her Majesty the Queen, and it's struck a chord in the hearts of many!
It happened during Her Majesty's recent visit to the UK's oldest children's charity, Coram, to attend the opening of its newest facility named after her, the Queen Elizabeth II Centre. In attendance were TV presenters David and Carrie Grant and their nine-year-old son Nathan, whom they adopted from Coram.
Just as Carrie introduced Nathan to Queen Elizabeth, the kid seemed to sense that he was going to have to say something and instead just calmly sank to his knees and crawled out of the room, and I have never related to anyone more.
"That's his version of a bow," his mother quipped, referencing the usual protocol for greeting Her Majesty. As the Queen gamely moved on to meeting others in attendance, Nathan made sure he got the last word, calling out "Bye!" from the background before scurrying out of sight.
Boy so overwhelmed that he crawls away from meeting the Queen youtu.be
I'm just sitting here tallying up all the awkward public interactions I've had that would have been vastly improved by me just crawling away and it's in the quadrillions. Nathan is my hero.
Anyway, Nathan's mother explained that, in fact, Nathan was just doing what his mother taught him. In a statement to HuffPost, she wrote:
"Nathan had been waiting for 2 hrs on Wednesday in his itchy suit as he [was] called. He was nervous and didn't know what to do so did what we always tell him, walk away!... "Not quite what we expected in this context but he was actually doing something we have taught him," they added, "We are very proud of him for waiting for so long and very proud that he tried his very best to stay put. He actually left with very little fuss! This is definitely a film we will be bringing out at all the appropriate birthday/wedding moments!"
She also gamely tweeted what every parent has likely thought at one time or another!
There's always one. Why is it always mine? @DavidGrantSays @RoyalFamily #corum https://t.co/Yk3avVuEGu— Dr Carrie Grant MBE (hc) (@Dr Carrie Grant MBE (hc)) 1544020476.0
Others on social media found the moment eminently relatable:
@SkyNews There are times as an adult I wish I could do that and get away with it. Good on him— mandy (@mandy) 1544123333.0
@SkyNews It worked well for him. Totally trying that a work tomorrow.— James Cumming (@James Cumming) 1544122948.0
How I deal with life's problems https://t.co/R6T7kEdzZa— Ciaran Howley (@Ciaran Howley) 1544177867.0
I am this boy. https://t.co/utZOH8iUIS— Judes Dickey (@Judes Dickey) 1544214878.0
Literally did this in a nightclub before when a girl said hello. And they say this generation can't communicate 😣 https://t.co/6S4944sqKj— Thomas Hennessy (@Thomas Hennessy) 1544183114.0
iconic https://t.co/AbbjC4W8fX— Megin (@Megin) 1544186105.0
@SkyNews My exact feelings when I know mother in law coming for Xmas lunch 😆😆— Capitán Obvio👨🏻✈️ (@Capitán Obvio👨🏻✈️) 1544185841.0
Me in every single social gathering https://t.co/aDkQ2wsQEV— Samichat (@Samichat) 1544265619.0
@tictoc When someone wants to meet for coffee and I can't think of an excuse.— David Stehle (@David Stehle) 1544203572.0
I hereby propose Nathan Grant be named the official mascot of 2018, because nothing has ever been more relatable!