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Viral tweet: Ohio teen puts on a suit before meeting his baby niece for the first time

@Iris Elisabeth

Aleteia - published on 01/11/17

It was a matter of respect, he says.

“If an individual is to accept himself, someone must say to him: ‘It is good that you exist’ – must say it, not with words, but with that act of the entire being that we call love.” — Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

Grant Kessler, a teenager from Ohio, was so excited to become an uncle that when he heard his sister Olivia was about to give birth, he put on a suit to meet his new niece in the hospital. He did it because he believes “first impressions matter,” and he wanted to “show his respect” to welcome the newest member of his family, Carter Ray. Kessler said he wanted his niece to know just how valued she was from the very beginning. “When Carter’s older, I wanted her to look back and look at those pictures of the day she was born and see the like, respect and attention she was getting that day,” he told NBC affiliate WCMH-TV. “I think me wearing the suit was a small part of that.”

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