More than a million people have watched these adorable kids (and their awesome moms) celebrate World Down Syndrome Day.
If you thought nothing could beat Adele singing a Spice Girls hit, or Lin-Manuel Miranda having a rap battle James Corden while driving around New York, then you haven’t seen what the late-show host himself says is “the most beautiful Carpool Karaoke ever.”
In honor of World Down Syndrome Day (March 21), a group of 50 British moms (or, as they say on that side of the pond, mums) recorded their own special version of carpool karaoke, singing Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years” accompanied by their seriously adorable toddlers, all of whom have Downs syndrome. In just a few days, the video has racked up more than a million views, and Carpool Karaoke maestro James Corden tweeted out his approval, saying the video made him cry (hey, you’re not the only one, James!).
World Down Syndrome Day is celebrated every March 21 not only to raise awareness of the genetic condition, but to show how people with Down syndrome play an important role in their families and communities. (The date, 3/21, was chosen to represent the triplication on the 21st chromosome, which causes Down syndrome.) As the moms in the video mouth the beautifully moving words, including “Darling, don't be afraid, I have loved you for a thousand years, I'll love you for a thousand more,” their four-year-olds sing along in sign language, or simply smile, giggle, and dance in their seats. Every single one of them wins our hearts—watch out for the little heartbreaker in the blue eyeglasses. Several siblings join the party, singing or hugging their brothers and sisters, and the love surrounding these families practically radiates out of the frame.
The moms are all part of a Facebook group called "Designer Genes,” and they said they wanted to show the world “how ordinary and fun life with the condition is.” They end the video with the powerful message #wouldntchangeathing. FYI: If you’re wondering why the kids are sitting in the driver’s seat, remember this was filmed in England, where the steering wheel is on the flipside!
Whoever joins James Corden for the next superstar installment of Carpool Karaoke is going to have a very tough act to follow.