It’s not typical for big siblings to want to hang around the bus stop and wait for their younger sibs to get home from school. But Louisiana teen Noah Tingle isn’t your typical big brother.
The 17-year-old decided that since this was his last year of school before heading off to college, he wanted to do something memorable for his younger brother Max, 12. Noah came up with the idea of greeting Max every day at the bus stop wearing a different, silly costume.
Originally, the idea was to embarrass his little brother, but it quickly morphed into something more than that, as friends and neighbors began donating costumes for Noah to wear.
When Noah started the daily ritual earlier this month, he had no idea it would take off. “It’s my last year of high school and I saw he was coming off the bus when I was at home, so I wanted to embarrass him,” Noah told local news station WBRZ.
Noah has dressed up as everything from an inflatable gorilla (see above), to Waldo, Chewbacca, a jester, Santa Claus and a football player. Each time he met Max at the bus stop, Noah would record the greeting.
For fun, Noah and his mom started a Facebook page called “The Bus Brother” where they posted the videos of the hilarious meet and greets.
“The first outfit was something silly, and then I started to come up with more ideas,” Noah shared with WBRZ. “I thought I would keep it going, but I was expecting it to kind of be something that me, my friends, my family, and a few other people we know to kind of catch on.” Pretty soon though, the feel-good story went viral.
“It’s gotten a lot bigger than I thought it would be,” Noah told WBRZ. “For the amount of people who saw it and loved it, it was just crazy.” And then the costume donations started from people who wanted to see Noah keep the fun going.
And what does Max think about all of this? In the beginning, he wasn’t all that excited by his big brother’s antics. As any little brother would, he found the bus stop greetings in front of his friends a little embarrassing. But, he told WBRZ that “now I’m just used to it.”
Sadly, Noah says the costume creativity will likely have to end come November, when he starts pre-season training for basketball. For now though, he and Max are enjoying the memories.
If you’d like to donate a costume, you can reach out to the family on Facebook at The Bus Brother.
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