A 21-month-old tot shared a unique fist bump with professional soccer player Carson Pickett.
Neither little Joseph Tidd, from Florida, nor the Orlando Pride soccer player, were born with left forearms, and they embraced the limb difference in a sweet photo that has since gone viral.
”He’s always been very friendly and confident, but I didn’t realize how much he was aware of his difference until he met people like Carson,” his mom, Colleen Tidd, told InsideEdition.com. “He saw something that looks like himself. They instantly had this bond.”
She explained they met the soccer player for the first time in April, and the pair have been sharing fist bumps since.
“He’s got this role model that he can go to,” she said. “I even look up to Carson and her parents because we share a child with limb difference and I know I can go to them with any questions.”
Joseph, who sometimes goes by Jojo, has symbrachydactyly, a condition in which the blood flow during pregnancy affects the growth of his limb.
His mom said they found out that their first boy would have a limb difference at her first ultrasound.
“How is he going to play baseball, and basketball, and video games?” she said she originally pondered. “All of those worries are completely gone.”
The boy has even gotten used to other kids staring at his arm, and now introduces himself and shows off his arm in the same breath.
“We know the world can be cruel, but we also know the world can be very peaceful and joyful,” Tidd said. “He’s very aware of it and he’s proud of it.”