Artist Amy Sherald's portrait of former First Lady Michelle Obama has been dazzling people since its unveiling in February, and it utterly transfixed a two-year-old girl during a visit to the National Portrait Gallery.
Fellow art lover Ben Hines noticed the child staring at the painting and snapped this photo, which he shared on Facebook:
Sherald also shared a photo from a different angle on her Instagram:
Feeling all the feels. 😭 When I look at this picture I think back to my first field trip in elementary school to a museum. I had only seen paintings in encyclopedias up to that point in my life. There was a show up of work by painter @thebobartlett whose work still inspires me to this day. There was a painting of a black man standing in front of a house. I don't remember a lot about my childhood, but I do have a few emotional memories etched into my mind forever and seeing that painting of a man that looked like he could be my father stopped me dead in my tracks. This was my first time seeing real paintings that weren't in a book and also weren't painted in another century. I didn't realize that none of them had me in them until I saw that painting of Bo's. I knew I wanted to be an artist already, but seeing that painting made me realize that I could. What dreams may come? #representationmatters
The little girl's name is Parker and her week got waaay more exciting when Michelle Obama took time out of her week to meet with her!
Obama tweeted a video of the two sharing a dance, captioning the clip:
Parker, I'm so glad I had the chance to meet you today (and for the dance party)! Keep on dreaming big for yourself...and maybe one day I'll proudly look up at a portrait of you!
Obama also shared a pic on Instagram in which she and Parker appear to be solving the world's problems:
And the whole story inspired so many people!
I love how she’s looking at Parker, taking her seriously. ❤️— Ntombi A. Peters (@Ntombi) March 6, 2018
You’re always a ray of hope!! Thanks for continuing to shine! So much love and deep appreciation!— Heidi Saxe (@Fab5WomenPower) March 6, 2018
You are a total inspiration on every level. Thank you so much for your service and continued commitment to advancing the welfare of the whole human race. What a decent human being you are❤️❤️❤️❤️— Free2bme 44 🇯🇲🇬🇧 (@JulianWales1) March 6, 2018
That’s what real First Ladies and role models do. Love your spirit.— WendiCampbell (@NewchAuthor) March 6, 2018
You have done so much for this country and you are an inspiration for many children. Fairytale came true for Parker! 💕— giftedgab (@Gabriellegifted) March 6, 2018
When you have such an impact like this, it shows you've done something right in the eyes of God. Such an inspiration for all. Thanks, Michelle. Love you. Miss you, too.— Victoria A. Young (@VictoriaYoung58) March 6, 2018
You're humility is so mesmerizing, the attention that you're giving little Paker is Soo breathtaking, everything you do, you do so Gracefully, Comparison is something I've learned not to do, you simply judge people based on their own merits, You're A Class Act!— Delia (@charlot790) March 6, 2018
Whenever the former FLOTUS or POTUS shows up on social media, there are tears:
Does anyone else feel like mom and dad have gone on vacation and left us all with a crazy relative and worry they are never coming home?? I feel this way😢— Brandon Horan (@brandon_r_horan) March 6, 2018
We're glad Parker is too young to miss the good old days. She only has the future to look forward to.