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You Will Cry Tears Of Joy When You See This Abuela Doing a Mariachi Howl After Getting Surprised On Her 93rd Birthday

Abuelas are the best. They’re wise, fierce, cranky, and, if you’re lucky, they are so loving. That is why it’s so important to pay them the respect they’ve earned, while also celebrating their incredible life. People should honor their grandparents each year as if it’s their last — and in a way that they’d love.

That’s exactly what one family did for their grandmother.

A family in Arizona surprised their 93-year-old abuela on her birthday and holy hell was it sweet.

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As soon as nana opened the door, her family started playing mariachi music, and she loved it! We have no idea how many people were in that house, but by the sounds of it, there was a lot. Her stunned face clearly showed she had no idea a birthday party in her honor would be behind the door.

The coolest part is seeing this cute abuelita do a mariachi howl.

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She seemed so ecstatic not only to be celebrating her birthday with her family, but also to be celebrating herself. Reaching that 93rd year is an incredible accomplishment and you can tell she was happy for herself.

The tweet — posted by @Bracamonteee21 — has since gone viral and has been retweeted more than 30,000 times.

“Thank you all for your kind words 🥰😇 I’ll be going over to my nana house today to show her ❤️😇,” @Bracamonteee21 tweeted. Although the family celebrated their nana’s birthday on March 25, today is actually her birthday. @Bracamonteee21 tweeted today: “Lunch with nana for her birthday 😇❤️.”

A family in Arizona surprised their 93-year-old abuela on her birthday and holy hell was it sweet.

Twitter/Twitter/@Bracamonteee21

As soon as nana opened the door, her family started playing mariachi music, and she loved it! We have no idea how many people were in that house, but by the sounds of it, there was a lot. Her stunned face clearly showed she had no idea a birthday party in her honor would be behind the door.

The coolest part is seeing this cute abuelita do a mariachi howl.

Twitter/@Bracamonteee21

She seemed so ecstatic not only to be celebrating her birthday with her family, but also to be celebrating herself. Reaching that 93rd year is an incredible accomplishment and you can tell she was happy for herself.

The tweet — posted by @Bracamonteee21 — has since gone viral and has been retweeted more than 30,000 times.

“Thank you all for your kind words 🥰😇 I’ll be going over to my nana house today to show her ❤️😇,” @Bracamonteee21 tweeted. Although the family celebrated their nana’s birthday on March 25, today is actually her birthday. @Bracamonteee21 tweeted today: “Lunch with nana for her birthday 😇❤️.”

Here’s some of peoples reaction to this heartwarming video.

She was so happy!

We live for these kinds of tweets.

If we’re not crying happy tears, then what’s the point?

We must see how they celebrate her 94th birthday.

She is everyone’s nana now.

The afterlife should feel like this kind of party.

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We can only hope.

A Home Invader Proves He Has the Worst Luck When the Home He Picks Belongs to a Body Building Grandma

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A Home Invader Proves He Has the Worst Luck When the Home He Picks Belongs to a Body Building Grandma

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Our society totally undervalues our elderly citizens. Often times, the wisdom, know-how and skills that old people possess are overshadowed by their advanced ages. They are discredited by this number and are mislabeled as a group that has nothing important to contribute. For instance, ageism is rampant in just about every industry and the elderly are the number one targets of scams and frauds. Unfortunately, many also equate old age to feebleness, weakness and fragility. This might be the viewpoint of the majority but that’s only because they haven’t met this 82 year-old body building grandma before. 

Willie Murphy is the octogenarian being celebrated as a hero for beating a would-be home invader into submission after he attempted to break into her home.  

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Last Thursday while Murphy was getting ready to go to bed, she reportedly heard someone banging on the front door of her Rochester, New York home. According to the 82 year-old, she heard a man asking for help, pleading with her to open the door and demanding that she call an ambulance. A retired social worker, responded in the safest and smartest way possible. Murphy refused to let the unknown man in and instead called the police to report the disturbance. As she explained to local news station WHAM, the man then became angry at her hesitation and broke through the home’s front door. 

This was a huge mistake on the burglar’s part because Murphy was absolutely up for a fight. 

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“It’s kind of semi-dark and I’m alone, and I’m old. But guess what, I’m tough,” Murphy explained to WHAM while flexing her muscular arms. “He picked the wrong house to break into.”

The octogenarian is an award winning body builder and a competitive power lifter who works out daily at her local YMCA. It goes without saying that abuela is swole. In order to fend off the intruder, she used multiple household tools to attack and defend including her own dinning room table. 

“I took that table and I went to working on him,” Murphy recalled of her defense. “And guess what? The table broke.”

However, this didn’t slow Murphy down. Like the boss abuela she is, she took the metal legs from the table and continued to hit the attempted intruder. After jumping on the man several times to keep him pinned, Murphy ran to the kitchen to grab a bottle of baby shampoo. She then squirted it in the man’s face as he tried to stand after her aggressive onslaught. Finally, she used a broom to whack the failed assailant some more.

At this point, both Murphy and the burglar had one thing on their minds: to get him out of her home once and for all. 

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Murphy who can dead lift 225 pounds — began to drag the man out of her house but she struggled to do so. 

“He wants to get the heck out of there. And I’m trying to help him get out of the house, but he’s too heavy,” Murphy recalled. “I can’t move him. He’s dead weight.”

At this point, the police finally arrived to collect the attempted home invader. The first responders on the scene put the thwarted burglar into an ambulance and sent him to hospital to be treated for injuries sustained by Murphy’s assault.

“So they come in, he’s laying down already because I had really did a number on that man. I’m serious,” Murphy proudly recalled. “I think he was happy when he went in the ambulance because I sent him in the ambulance. Yes, I did.”

Though she was able to fend off the man, Murphy holds no ill will to the attempted intruder. 

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The man, who has not been publicly identified, had been “extremely intoxicated and not aware of what was going on” according to the police who responded to the incident. Due to this, Murphy declined to ask the police to file any charges against him. In the statement issued by Rochester NYPD, it says that “Ms Murphy wanted the suspect to get medical treatment” after the attack. Isn’t that just like a grandma. She might whoop your behind but she’ll make sure you’re okay afterwards.  

News of Murphy’s heroic defense of her home has spread quickly, amazing everyone who hears the tale of the super strong abuela. 

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The Rochester police department applauded Murphy for her ability to take on the home intruder. In a tweet from their official Twitter account following the incident, they called the grandma “tough as nails” and eagerly posed for a picture with the invincible grandma.

“The officers that came wanted to go on my front porch and take selfies with me,” Murphy bragged about her new internet hero status. 

Readers Share Adorable Stories of How Their Parents and Abuelos Met

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Readers Share Adorable Stories of How Their Parents and Abuelos Met

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In the era of hookup culture and online swiping, it’s comforting to look back on the days when dating was a straight-forward affair: boy meets girl, boy likes girl, boy marries girl. End of story. But, times have changed and finding your other half can feel more impossible than every Luckily, we can always look to older generations to give us hope. Their romantic stories of days past are always inspiring.

Readers of FIERCE by mitu shared their cute stories of how their parents and abuelos met. Check out some of our favorite ones below!

1. The old bait-and-switch

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“My abuelos met eachother while they were living in Cuba. Abuelo pretended to be 5 years older than her to get her attention but was actually 2 years younger. He asked her out for ice-cream on their first date.”

2. The Cinderella Story

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“My Dad was rich & Mom poor, he chose her and was disowned by his family and lost his inheritance. They lived happily ever after working their asses off once they came to the United States. Love my parents”. -@mrs.jaypeeonenine

3. Love Letters Gone Wrong

@kathleenlights1/Twitter

“My dad was playing basketball at my moms high school. He saw my mom and asked her if he could write her. 1953. Mom told dad to write his address on the locker that he was using for the basketball game ( girls lockers). He did. On Monday morning the principal of moms school called to complain to the principal of my dads high school and was angry his basketball team had written all over the lockers. My dad and his team were punished and had to go back to my moms school to clean up the lockers. I still have the first letter my dad sent my mom. Mom passed away 10 years ago. I’m 64 and will never forget their love story”. – @dollycardenas50

4. The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach

@cokythelad/Twitter

“My mom and dad both immigrated here from Argentina when they were kids. My dad was 9 and my mom was 2. My dad ended up going to high school with my mom’s little brother and they got super drunk one night together when they were 16. They were scared to go back to their houses (the wrath of a Latin mother!!) so they tried to sleep in a park. It got too cold, so they went back to my uncle’s place and decided to wake my mom up by throwing rocks at her window. At 3am, my mom let her hermanito and my dad crawl through her window. My dad and uncle set up camp in my uncle’s room to sleep everything off, but they were starving. My uncle sent my dad to knock on my mom’s door and ask if she could make pancakes (bc they’re legendary). She thought he was so cute, that she made them pancakes at 3am. They’ve been together ever since (they’re 52 now).” -@bryduca

5. A Tale of Two Heights

@joeytovar_ /Twitter

“My grandparents went to school together. He asked her to be his partner for a dance performance once. Grandpa says he would have asked her sooner but didn’t see her. He’s 6ft she’s 4’10.” -@danhely

6. Love at first sight

@lcarreradesign/Twitter

“My abuelos met each other on a bus in Chicago while Guelo was studying to be a priest. He was a light skinned, fiery haired Mexican man with a friendly smile. Guela’s golden brown Puerto Rican glow was accented by her elegant black ringlets and graceful summer dress. He was smitten the moment he saw her! They conversed about spirituality, faith, and love for something greater than self.Less than one year later, Guelo traded one sacrament for another so that we, our family, could be born.” -@e.m.castro

7. Flirting By Throwing Rocks?

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“My abuela would fill up her cantaro with water & whenever she walked by, my abuelo would through small rocks. She hated him for making her dump the water & he loved how beautiful she looked angry”. -@mija_por_favor

8. Life-long dance partners

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“My abuelos ran into each other multiple times in one day. They had gotten onto the same bus two different times. Later that night when my abuelo saw my abuela at a dance he decided seeing her a third time that day was a sign and asked her to dance. And they were dancing partners the rest of her life”. -@thetiffanyandco

9. The Bashful Beginning

@leticiasaurus /Twitter

“My dad was friends with my mom’s brothers but he never met her despite always being around. One day, my mom was cleaning the floor outside her house & saw my dad walking from a distance towards the house. She dropped the broom & ran inside. The rest, is history”. -@lifeasingrid

10. The Whirlwind Romance

@ohmy_itsyza/Twitter

“My grandma and grandpa met while being migrant workers. Grandma was 15 and he was 18. My grandma’s sisters were trying to get with my grandpa but grandma wasn’t having it. Their time at that location was almost over and they were going to be separated so after two weeks of knowing each other, they decided to marry. They were married 62 years before my grandma passed.” – @amorettenoel

11. A Military Marriage

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“My grandfather was in the marines and was stationed in the Dominican Rep. training the Dominican Air Force. At a party he meet my abuelita and fell in love. He had to asked his superiors for permission to see her, then my great grandfather to court her. They both passed away one right after each other after being 50 years together” -@claudia_teresa1

12. A Meeting of Cultures

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“Mi abuela, Soledad, or Chole, was a very attractive and creative woman. Soon after high school she was dancing in a women’s Mexican folklorico troup at the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair. Mi abuelo Modesto, was selling Cuban cigars as a traveling salesman. They met at the Fair, fell in love and eventually had my mom, Rosalia.” -@fridadina

13. An arranged marriage with a happy ending…

@brina_la_nica/Twitter

“In my dad’s side of the family my grandma had to marry my grandpa because a chismosa saw her talking to him outside the grocery story, so my great-grandparents arranged the marriage to restore their honor. In my moms side of the family my grandma had to marry my grandpa to pay off a debt of his family take care of hers after my grandmas parents passed away when she was young. They loved each other and lived happily ever after.#arrangedmarriages” -@iris_herndz

14. An Irresistible Passion

@daiciamestas

“My parents met at a dance in Durango, Colorado. Durango is a college town perfectly located in the middle of my parent’s hometowns. My mother was promised to someone else through engagement, but my father won her heart before leaving for the Navy.” -@daiciamestas