Growing up and aging is a part of life. As children, we long for the days where we can set our own bedtimes, eat all the snacks we want and decline all vegetables. And then as adults, we crave those midday naps, the constant pampering and the lack of homework. Nonetheless, growing up and going to college is a part of life. But in western societies, it’s normal for kids to move out and gain some ‘life experience.’
But when this young boy left home and traveled halfway across the world for school, to say he was homesick would be a massive understatement.
A student from Medan, Indonesia, traveled all the way to London, England in order to attend school. In his own video, he readily admits that the first and second years ‘were fine’ but by the third year he was ‘really really really missing home and family.’
So he decided to surprise his entire family by showing up at home in an unexpected return. He notified one of his brothers about his arrival so that he could get picked up from the airport and have an accomplice on the inside. What his parents (and his 2 other siblings) didn’t realize was that since his departure to school, he had lost 20 kilograms, which equates to approximately 45 pounds! So, in addition to just showing up at home, he is almost unrecognizable from his previous self!
He even goes as far as to stay in a hotel the night before to stage this epic prank. He has his brother set up the scheme by having the family meet for ‘lunch’ at a specific restaurant. In the video, you can see the brothers seated and the student just one table away.
As the parents enter into the frame, the mom immediately notices that the stranger nearby is eerily similar to her son overseas. (You can tell a family is tight-knit, when the father innately reaches for the food and his son’s drink prior to even acknowledging his two offspring.)
It isn’t long until the mother can’t stand the eerily resemblance anymore and begins staring at ‘the stranger.’ When he finally glances over, a metaphorical weight is lifted off the mother’s shoulders as she bangs her first on the table and sighs with relief. They embrace each other and the whole family can’t help but laugh. Watch the video below to see the father’s reaction!