Last week, California Polytechnic State University student, April Olvera posted a video sent to her by her mamá, and the video went viral, already wracking up nearly ten million views, and nearly one million likes in less than seven days.
Olvera, away at college, texted her mom, Silvia Dominguez, to say that she didn’t know how to fold a burrito, and her mom sent her a video that contained a soothing video-folding lesson.
While some couldn’t help but wonder why Olvera didn’t know how to fold a burro, her mamí’s special brand of cariño shown in the forty-second burrito-folding lesson was the focus of the comments that followed.
Other Latinas needed the lesson too!
Another Latina Twitter user, couldn’t get over the way Olvera’s mother, Silvia, repeated the lesson.
Two guys commented on Olvera’s mom’s soothing voice, but we think @carys_arsenic nailed it.
And this guy too who points out Ms. Dominguez’s calm in the face of a world that seems to be coming apart at the seams.
When Olvera told her mother that her video went viral and inspired so many positive comments, Dominguez said, “Maybe it’s not the burrito. Maybe it’s about family and love.”
Burrito-folding-lesson mom, Silvia Dominguez, speaks Spanish in the video, smiling the whole time, clearly happy to be able to help her daughter away at college with anything, using her own phone propped up on the counter to capture the lesson.
“Okay,” she says in Spanish, holding up a corn tortilla, “Imagine that this is my flour tortilla. Add what you’re going to use, fold it from this side, fold it from that side, and roll it. Did you see that?
And then she unrolls the burro and repeats the steps: It’s a circle. Fold it here, fold it here, and roll it. Nice! Okay, bye. I love you.”
We also like how Burrito-Folding-Lesson Mom is even helping grown-ass men.
And because imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, here’s a video made by the author for her son on his way to college in the fall.
Sebastian is a young boy who was growing up in Colombia with no biological relatives. A program called Kidsave’s Summer Miracles connected Sebastian with the Barkey family for a summer. During that time, the family fell in love with Sebastian and they decided to secretly adopt him after the program ended and he flew back to Colombia.
The Barkey family fell in love with Sebastian after hosting him for a summer so they decided to adopt him.
The adoption was a true family affair. All of the Barkey children and their parents boarded a flight to Colombia to collect the newest member of their family. The reunion was caught on camera and it is a sweet and honest representation of modern families.
The moment Sebastian sees the Barkey family is an emotional experience for everyone in the room.
Sebastian is walked through the hallways of the adoption agency and led into a room with the family he has grown to love. He is immediately surrounded by the Barkey family who smothers him in hugs. The feeling of excitement and love is palpable from the video.
Sebastian even signed the adoption papers using his new last name: Barkey.
Congratulations, Sebastian. And well done, Barkey family. What a touching and sweet moment captured on camera.