Blockbuster went bankrupt in 2010 and closed most of its remaining stores by 2014, leaving those of us who came of age in the era of home video rentals with a deep, cavernous void in our souls. Sure, we can now watch literally anything we want online. But what about the comfort of browsing those iconic blue VHS cases for hours trying to choose the "perfect" movie?
It's simply not the same.
So we can all probably relate to this autistic man from South Texas was bummed about the Blockbuster in his neighborhood closing. To cushion the blow, his parents did the sweetest thing imaginable.
And then they surprised him with it.
And he looks very, very happy about it.
The man's brother, Javier Zuniga, tweeted out photos of the mock-Blockbuster (Mockbuster?) on Twitter and people are losing it.
MY AUTISTIC BROTHER WAS SAD THAT BLOCK BUSTER WAS CLOSING DOWN SO MY PARENTS MADE A MINI ONE AT HOME FOR HIM! 😭❤️ pic.twitter.com/B4oo74NBvi— jaavii (@Javiii_Zuniga) April 23, 2017
The tweet has gone viral, of course. And everyone is in emoji-tears over the family's sweet gesture.
@Javiii_Zuniga your parents are absolutely amazing for this. 😭😍💓👏🏼— soph 🥝 (@droolhes) April 24, 2017
In case you were wondering, according to Zuniga, their local Blockbuster just closed this past weekend.
Which means... there have been people who had access to Blockbuster stores this whole time?!?!?
If true, this gives us even more reason to cry (this time for selfish reasons).
Clearly we all need a Blockbuster in our homes. And a good cry.