Imagine the sheer magnitude of emotions you'd experience if you were seeing your father for the time in 49 years. Or if it was your very first time meeting your boyfriend of five years!
That's pretty much why we love this slideshow we've created of 10 heartwarming first meetings. These videos are so powerful, so chock-full of poignancy and warmth, that they're guaranteed to make your day (and choke up in the process).
Baby Penguin Meets Human
A baby Gentoo <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/23/baby-penguin-meets-human_n_1539886.html" target="_hplink">penguin met blogger and world traveler Joel Oleson</a> for the first time last May while Oleson visited Antartica. Gentoo penguins are listed as "near threatened" on the IUCN Red List. The captivating meeting went viral as these things tend to do.
Baby Meets Dog For The First Time
Baby, meet puppy. Puppy, meet baby. Now sit back and enjoy the ensuing adorableness.
Sisters Meet For The First Time
From the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4awBXfIqqac" target="_hplink">video's</a> description: "Lauren was adopted at birth. She always knew that she had a sister, but was not able to locate her until September 2009 when she was 24 years old. They have been talking on the phone for the last year and a half and were finally able to meet for the first time!" The video's a little long to so skip to 3:30 to see the actual reunion. Warning: you'll likely get a little teary-eyed!
Halo Couple Meets After 5 Years
After meeting in a Halo 3 game lobby 5 years ago, this couple began dating online within 3 years. This was <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/16/couple-meets-five-years-long-relationship-online_n_1677367.html" target="_hplink">their first meeting since they met virtually</a> though they have spoken on Skype. She is from Texas and he lives in Tennessee.
Soldier Finally Meets His Baby
Corporal Greg Bacon was in Iraq when his first son was born. He watched his son being born over Skype, and it was <a href="http://www.wgntv.com/news/medicalwatch/wgntv-skype-baby-followup-aug5,0,1366366.story" target="_hplink">3 months later</a> that Greg Bacon was able to come home and see his son Dean. "Spending every single second with my son and my wife, that's all I care about right now...Oh my God, it feels great," Bacon said.
Meeting My Birth Mom For The First Time
This is a lovely 10-minute documentary of a woman meeting her birth mother for the first time. Skip to 6 minutes to see the bit where they finally meet followed by a slideshow of their two weeks together.
Michael Hubbard, 49, Meets Father For First Time
Michael Hubbard has been looking for his dad since he was 18-years-old. 31 years later he <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/28/son-michael-hubbard-meets_n_1064094.html" target="_hplink">finally met his father</a>, Warren Powell. Powell had a relationship with Hubbard's mom in the 60's but never knew that she was pregnant.
Marine Meets Baby For The First Time After 5 Months
Lance Corporal Spencer Ellis, of the U.S. Marine Corps, <a href="http://www.hlntv.com/video/2012/04/09/marine-meets-son-first-time" target="_hplink">met his 5-month-old baby son</a> for the first time after returning from deployment in Afghanistan. In the video, his wife Katarina is at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport awaiting his arrival.
Cat's First Encounter With Baby Kitten
Daddy Persian cat meet his daughter for the first time and even in the cat world it seems nerves run high. Check out <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/22/cats-meeting-kittens-for-the-first-time-video_n_1612126.html#slide=1119965" target="_hplink">other first meetings </a>between cats and their kittens.
President Of Egypt Meets Hamas Leader For The First Time
Here's something a little different from our usual fare. Last month, the President of Egypt met a Hamas leader for the first time ever, in the hopes of creating a separate Palestinian state.