Armand Foisy did not expect a video of his 101-year-old mother playing in the season's first snowfall to go viral. But it did, reaching 7.7 million views on his Facebook page in two weeks.
"It was just a simple little video that was meant for family and friends," he said, describing the moment captured in the video as "great joy and fun."
The video was posted on November 18, 2015.
Foisy says he understands why the video appeals to so many people around the world. It's all about the spontaneity of the moment, he said.
"There's nothing staged. It's honest and pure. Therefore it's filled a need."
The moment happened when Foisy and his mother, Albina, were driving just outside their hometown of Lillooet when it began snowing. Foisy stopped the car and he says that was when his mother undid her seatbelt and hopped out of the car.
'She does not feel that 101 is any detriment'
Foisy says the video represents his mother's personality perfectly.
"She's a very happy, a very joyous person. She does not feel that 101 is any detriment to anything."
At 101 years of age, Foisy says she is still full of optimism.
"She has the normal aches and pains and stuff of age — those are things she just laughs and deals with."
Foisy says his mother is over the moon about the joy the video has given other people.
"To say that she is absolutely thrilled and amazed is a total understatement."
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