A lot of children dream of the day when they can repay their mother for all she’s done, and Brooklyn Nets rookie Rondae Hollis-Jefferson got the chance. The 20-year-old NBA newcomer recently made headlines for opting to live with roommates in order to budget his $1.3 million salary. And with the act of kindness he showed his mother, it’s clear he’s more concerned with where his mother sleeps than where he does.
Taking part in a recurring diary series for The New York Post, Hollis-Jefferson shared in his latest article how the surprise went down. Teaming up with his brother for the big reveal, the Nets rookie explained that he, his brother Rahir Hollis-Jefferson, and his uncle decided on the house they would purchase. As for the surprise, the Hollis-Jefferson brothers had his sister drive his mother to the new home, and ask for a friend:
The realtor opened the door and said, “Oh, who are you looking for?” When my mom said the name, the realtor said, “Oh, OK, come in.” Then everyone popped out and said, “Surprise!” and me and my brother had the cake, and she just started crying. To actually be able to show her the house and stuff on her birthday, it was a dream come true. It was a blessing.
She said it was her best birthday ever. That’s huge for me and my brother, and my uncle, who is like a brother to us. … That’s big in our eyes, to be able to do that. Being able to change your mom’s life, to be able to put her in a comfortable situation. … It makes that feeling in your heart go to ease.
Instead of worrying about where your mom is going, what she’s doing, it puts you at ease knowing she has a place of her own, and that she has somewhere to lay her head at night. It’s pretty special.
Each and every one of the feels. Watch the full video below: