This adorable picture of a happy toddler fist-bumping football player quickly went viral and blessed the internet with their cuteness. The toddler was born without hands, and the footballer had a similar condition.

Tidd had a limb reduction defect resulting in no forearm formation when he was born. His parents set up an Instagram account with the motive of raising awareness about this condition. His more than 7 thousand followers are used to having in a grin in their face by seeing Tidd’s charming pictures.

Tidd’s Instagram page reached a new level after this recent photo stormed the internet.  The football player is a famous defender, Carson Pickett, and pride of Orlando.

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Today a stranger made me cry … happy tears. While eating dinner at @outback we had a nice lady randomly come sit next to us. Her name was Jeri. We had met Miss Jeri a few minutes before, when Joseph had casually started a conversation with her and her husband. (Side note: Our kids don't sit long enough to wait for food so we are always walking around making new friends)! Miss Jeri, a retired nurse, plopped down next to me and said, "I have to tell you all something". She started off by saying that as a family, she feels we may experience some more challenges than most, due to Joseph's uniqueness. But the way that we (and Joseph) handle ourselves says a lot about our family. Then she looked at us, Joseph's parents, and told us how great of a job we are doing. That simple compliment brought tears to my eyes. She didn't have to come up to us and say those kind words, but she did, and I am thankful for it. As a tear rolled down my cheek, I thought to myself "Wow, I guess I needed that?". I didn't realize I needed that reassurance, or maybe it was just nice to hear? Either way it made me cry happy tears. Joseph touches a lot of peoples hearts, and moments like these touch mine. Thank you Jeri for leaving us with such kind words, a warm smile, and a gentle reminder to always let others know how we feel. – Colleen #happytears #outback #outbacksteakhouse #stranger #kindwords #bekind #limbdifferenceawareness #newfriends #dinnertime #challenges #uniqueness #unique #differentlyabled #gentlereminders #warmsmile #cry #reassurance #compliment #makingfriends #blippi #target #family #proudmomma #nike #bigsmile

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Tidd went with his parents to cheer for Carson’s team in Orlando Pride’s matches last month. Carson, who was also born with no left forearm, walked to the family to greet this 21-month-old toddler.

That’s when Tidd’s mom captured this cute moment of Carson’s fist-bumping her son. Tidd had an immense grin on his face after the encounter with his’ role model’.

 

But it’s not the first encounter this 21-month-old had with Carson. After the Pride’s home opener, Tidd got a chance to gain some football tip from the defender.

Recalling the moment, Tidd’s dad wrote:

“It took a minute for him to realize, ‘Wow, we’ve got the same arms,’ and then he just giggled. You could see it hit him, and then they were best friends after that.”

 

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SWEETEST REACTION 💜🧡💜🧡 . . I wanted to share this quick clip from our meeting with Carson the other day. For anyone who has asked “do they really know their different”, just watch this video. . . You can see the moment that Joseph pauses, the look on his face changes…he is thinking hard as he’s studying Carson’s arm. Then the joy that washes over him as he realizes “she’s just like me”. The smile and giggle followed by the unprompted desire to show his arm to Carson. . . This was the moment I love to see when those with a lucky fin connect. We have been lucky enough to see this several times at our lucky fin meet ups with other kids and adults. If you haven’t had a chance to attend a local meet up, go check out the Facebook page for your local chapter for more info. We will be at the Central Florida meet up for those in the Orlando area. . . Here are some pictures from the local news story with Carson on Tuesday. The link to the interview with Joseph and Carson is in our Bio. We even bumped into Bo Outlaw which made for an awesome picture with little Joseph. . . #luckyfinfamily #orlandopride #orlandomagic #booutlaw #tenfingersareoverrated #fox35 #fox35orlando #localnews #locals #heros #mentors #happiness #purehappiness #understand #bond #preciousmoments #heknows #coolarm #joy #giggles #newfriends #centralflorida #proud #limbdifferenceawareness #limbdifferenceawarenessmonth #biggerthansoccer #biggerthanbasketball

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Colleen boasted Today about his naturally athlete son:

“Football, basketball, baseball, soccer, he does it all. He maneuvers his arm a little bit differently, but he makes it work.”

Tidd is a very witty kid as well. When his mom asked, “What happened to your arms?” He gave a hilarious answer:

 

 

The cause of this defect is unknown. Nevertheless, the research suggests the condition develops due to the chemicals and medication exposure to the mother. This might result in a possible risk of the limb reduction to her baby.

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