Dad’s Touching Instagram Post About His Three Sons Leaving Home Leaves People in Tears

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Going to college is a very exciting prospect for many young people. And when the time comes to trade home life for frat parties, dorm rooms, and essays, many college-goers are eager to embrace their newfound independence.

But for the parents they leave behind, it can be a tough time adjusting to their kids leaving home.

For one dad-of-3, this adjustment has been huge. So much so, that he posted a series of 3 emotional posts to Instagram about his sons leaving home, and it’s had the internet in tears.

Get your tissues at the ready and prepare to see one of the most touching posts you’ll lay your eyes on.

It’s been in the back of your head throughout your whole time in education, so when the time finally comes, it’s bound to mark a thrilling new chapter.

No parents to tell you what to do? For many, it’s the dream.  

So it’s no surprise that so many of those embarking on the new journey can’t wait to get their bags packed, move out of their family home, and head off to college.

Adjusting to life without your kids around can be tough.

What are they up to? Why haven’t they called at least 5 times each day? It can be a weird period of time when the kids have left home.

After all, all parents know is looking after their kids.

One father knows all these feelings too well…

Brandt Barber, from Atlanta, is a dad-of-3 to sons, Brooks, Bryce, and Luke, who have all flown the nest to go to college.  

The father has had the internet in tears since posting the poignant message.

Brandt, told BuzzFeed that he and his boys would go to the same ice-cream and fast food restaurant every week, sit at the same table, order the same food, and usually end up being served by the same staff.

While his sons enjoyed their newfound independence away from home-life, Brandt said that reminiscing on their long-standing family tradition made him nostalgic and sentimental.

He posted a series of 3 images of him and his sons enjoying their ice-cream tradition.  

“So me and my boys have had a weekly tradition going back years now, where once a week or so we would go to DQ [Dairy Queen] after dinner,” he wrote. “We would sit at the same table, order from the same little old lady, never deviating from our routine.”

The second image showed Brandt sitting at the same table, but this time, with just Bryce and Luke – who are twins. “And then there were three,” he said. “DQ tradition continued but our numbers while strong were dwindling.”

With the twins now left for college, Brandt concluded his touching post with a family image of him on his own at the table. “And then there was one. “DQ was never really the thing, spending time driving to and from and talking, listening to their music and watching all of them interact as brothers, now that was the thing. “Maybe I’ll get by here every now and then and certainly when they are all home but with them not here it’s just ice-cream.”

But he didn’t realize that his eldest son, Brooks, had also seen it.  

He tweeted: “Why did my dad have to go this hard on insta and why am I crying in Nashville RN?”  

The post, which, at the time of writing, has nearly 1 million likes, has clearly struck a chord with the internet, with many people saying it’s left them in tears.

Safe to say, Twitter had many strong responses after seeing the posts, with some people urging Brooks to drop out of college. C’mon Brooks…go to Dairy Queen with your dad.  

Brandt has pulled on a lot of heartstrings.

Many admitted the post made them cry.

Or even a father at all. If you found this story both heartwarming and emotional, keep scrolling to read another moving tale of a single father who wore a dress to a mother’s day event so his son didn’t feel left out. It’s definitely a tear-jerker…