• Mikki Willis of Ojai, California, was returning toy to store with son Azai 
  • Four-year-old decided that he wanted a Little Mermaid Princess Ariel doll 
  • Father posted touching video on social media and said, ‘You have my promise forever to love you and accept you no matter what life you choose’

Christopher Brennan For Dailymail.com

A father who let his young son choose a doll for a toy has seen a video of him applauding the boy’s decision go viral.

Father Mikki Willis of Ojai, California, was exchanging a duplicate gift with his son at a toy store when four-year-old Azai decided he wanted a Little Mermaid doll.

The production company founder took the opportunity to post a video and tell his sons: ‘You have my promise forever to love you and accept you no matter what life you choose’.

Father Mikki Willis of Ojai, California, posted a video reacting to his son's choice of toy, a Princess Ariel doll

Father Mikki Willis of Ojai, California, posted a video reacting to his son’s choice of toy, a Princess Ariel doll

'How do you think a dad feels when his son wants to get this?' the dad says before shouting 'yeah' with his son

‘How do you think a dad feels when his son wants to get this?’ the dad says before shouting ‘yeah’ with his son

The video has since been viewed more than 12million times on Facebook.

‘This is what he chose, now how do you think a dad feels when his son wants to get this?’ Willis says while holding the Princess Ariel doll in his car.

Azai yells ‘yeah!’ and his dad echoes the outburst, saying that he feels the same way.  

‘I let my boy choose their life, that’s how mama and I, that’s how we are,’ he said before promising to love Azai and his one-and-a-half-year-old son Zuri forever. 

The father said that he was not surprised when his four-year-old picked up the Barbie.

‘Azai is equally fascinated by princesses and robots. One moment he’s all boy, the next he’s expressing a softer, more angelic side,’ he said Monday on Facebook.

The family says it is grateful for all of the positive support that the video has received. Above, Mikki (center) and Azai (foreground) with mother Nadia (left) and one-and-a-half-year-old Zuri (right)

The family says it is grateful for all of the positive support that the video has received. Above, Mikki (center) and Azai (foreground) with mother Nadia (left) and one-and-a-half-year-old Zuri (right)

The father was reportedly pushed to post the loving video after women at a restaurant gave his son disapproving looks. Above, Nadia and Mikki Willis

The father was reportedly pushed to post the loving video after women at a restaurant gave his son disapproving looks. Above, Nadia and Mikki Willis

‘For me this behavior rings more authentic than playing one note all the time.’ 

Willis said he was also grateful for all the attention and positive support his video has received.

‘To know we’ve touched people beyond our immediate community is both humbling and awesome!’ he said.

‘My boys fill my wife and I with so much joy that it would be selfish of us not to share them’.

The father told Buzzfeed News that he was particularly inspired to post the video after seeing women at a restaurant give his son and his doll disapproving looks.

Azai reportedly carries the doll around with him and Willis said, ‘I imagine she will be on the battlefield with the Transformers any day now’.

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