“Hey can I ask a favor?” Houck asked the young woman. “My son has special needs and I wanna make him laugh, I’d like to pose in your window, if possible…”
Prodin was certainly “puzzled” at first, but agreed to Houck’s odd request, not expecting the heartwarming hilarity that would shortly follow.
As Houck climbed into the window display and played around, Jacob was so excited and amused, he had to join in!
“The whole mall was stopping to watch the action and it clearly didn’t just make my entire night,” Prodin added, noting the attention Houck’s simple, fun act drew.
In an interview with a local news outlet, Houck gave a little insight into why his joke with Jacob is so special: due to an extremely rare health condition, the fact that 21-year-old Jacob even survived childhood is a miracle.
Just before his fourth birthday, Jacob was diagnosed with an Atypical Teratoid Rhabdoid brain tumor.
“It usually takes life before the age of two,” Houck, a former respiratory therapist, explained.
Jacob, however, is blessed not only to be living a full and healthy life, but to have family like Houck and three brothers who cherish every moment, and every laugh, they get to share with him.
“He’s not supposed to be here,” Houck said. “We are enjoying every day we got with him.”