If one Connecticut mom has learned anything from her children, it’s to cherish the little moments.

Aundrea Smith, 35, was surprised to see her son Derek, 8, and her daughter Charlee tearfully embraced at the 5-year-old’s pre-K graduation on June 21.

Aundrea Smith

The grad, who is typically shy in public, had just finished performing a song with her classmates and received her diploma when her older brother began to tear up.

Smith told Dearly:

“[Derek] gave her a quick hug and then everybody was like, ‘Oh, my goodness, this is so sweet.’ And he just couldn’t contain himself, and he just kept crying and told her how proud he was of her, and she started to cry too.”

Furthermore, the mom of two said she found herself crying as she watched her children embrace.

She recalled:

“My husband and I both were in tears. My parents were there and my sister was there. We all were just like a puddle of tears at that moment.”

Smith snapped a picture of the siblings as they embraced and later shared it on Instagram.

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#feelgoodfriday Today my daughter graduated from Pre-K. After the ceremony my son walked up to her and gave her a hug. “I’m just so proud of you” he said. Then of course my daughter started crying. As we wiped away our tears, my husband asked her, “Pumpkin, why are you crying?” She responded, “I’m just so happy.” We are so blessed. ✨Tag someone below who is a blessing in your life. Let them know how much they mean to you. And if you can’t tag them call them, text them, or write them a letter. It’s important that we share joy. . . . #blackownedbusiness #blackboyjoy #blackgirlmagic #childrensbooks #teachersofig #teachersofinsta #children #education #privateschool #teachersofinstagram #educators #positiveblackimages #blackentrepreneur #blacklivesmatter #positivemovement #womenentrepreneurs #diversity #peopleofcolor

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She captioned the photo:

#feelgoodfriday Today my daughter graduated from Pre-K. After the ceremony my son walked up to her and gave her a hug. “I’m just so proud of you” he said. Then of course my daughter started crying. As we wiped away our tears, my husband asked her, “Pumpkin, why are you crying?” She responded, “I’m just so happy.” We are so blessed.

Tag someone below who is a blessing in your life. Let them know how much they mean to you. And if you can’t tag them call them, text them, or write them a letter. It’s important that we share joy.

Furthermore, Smith added that while Charlee and Derek fight over toys like any other siblings, they generally have a great relationship. However, she said it was reassuring for herself and her husband as parents to see their children come together for something positive.

Smith said that while her family is generally emotional, she’s never seen her children react in such a huge way out of happiness.

The mom said:

“This seems like such a small moment. It’s a pre-K graduation. This isn’t college or a doctorate or anything like that, but it’s these small moments that I think we need to just take a step back and really appreciate.”

Smith shared this moment on social media to encourage others to do the same. She said it’s important to tell people how proud you are of them and how much you love them while you have the chance.

The overall message: Give people their flowers while they’re here to receive them.

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