Joe Riquelme gave his parents the surprise of their lives on Christmas by giving them an envelope with bank documents and a note saying that their house mortgage had been paid off.
Riquelme, who is a successful app developer from New York, shared a video on Thursday which captured his parents’ heartwarming reaction to his generous Christmas gift. Sitting on a couch with his parents and their dog and looking visibly nervous, Riquelme tells them that he has one more Christmas gift and takes out an envelope folded in two.
Inside the envelope there are documents from Bank of America accompanied by a handwritten note which reads:
Your house is paid off. Merry Xmas. — Joe.
In the lower right corner, Riquelme drew a box with a checklist of three things his parents had done for their family, each of them checked: raising kids, college loans, mortgage.
Presented with the note, Riguelme’s mother bursts into tears of joy, as her son tries hard to keep his composure.
Riquelme’s mom then passes the envelope to her husband, who also starts to weep. She then showers her son with hugs and kisses and exclaims:
I love you, thank you, Papi.
The emotional minute-long video ends with a group hug. Riguelme later wrote on his Facebook page:
Sometimes the best gifts come in the lamest packages. Merry Christmas everyone! — feeling happy.
Riquelme is a graduate of University of California at Davis and has years of experience working in the semiconductor industry. Last year he founded the New York-based start-up Videoshop — a video-editing app for the iPhone.
1. Joe Riquelme, an app developer from New York (center) surprised his parents this Christmas by giving them a life-changing present.
2. Riquelme’s mother was shocked to find a note written by her son inside a plain envelope telling her he had paid off their mortgage.
3. Riquelme placed bank documents inside the folded envelope along with his brief note.
4. The emotional video concludes with Riquelme’s mom and dad embracing him and showering the young man with kisses.
5. ‘Sometimes the best gifts come in the lamest packages. Merry Christmas everyone! — feeling happy,’ Riguelme later wrote on Facebook along with this collage from the video.
6. Last year, Riquelme founded the New York-based startup Videoshop — a video-editing app available for the iPhone.
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