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Practice English Speaking&Listening with: Ellen Meets Viral NYC Firefighter and His Baby Daughter

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One of the cutest videos I saw this summer

was a New York City firefighter giving his baby daughter

a pedicure.

I don't know if you saw this or not.

It's adorable.

Take a look.

Get comfortable, girl.

you know, relax.

We're going to take care of these dogs, all right?

We're going to take care of these dogs, alright?

Oh, man, I can tell you've been crawling.

these things is barking, yeah.


They're barking.




Kensley, this is free.

So you can't complain over something

that is free, all right?

Beggars cannot be choosers.

From Jamaica, Queens, please welcome Jimmy Howell

and his nine-month-old daughter Kensley.

Hi, Jimmy.

Hi, Kensley.

How are you?

I'm good.

How are you?

I'm good.

It's such an honor to meet you.

Thank you for having us here today.

Oh, it's so nice to meet you.

Kensley, how are you doing?

We can't even see that little pedicure.

How did the pedicure go?

Now, you're so obsessed with your toes, I bet she really--

Her dogs are barking today.

Are they barking?


So what made you-- do you do that often?

What made you post that?

So, I'm a New York City fireman.

So I'm always working, you know?

So it's hard to bond with her as often as I would like.

But I just did it one day, and just to

just to show her how she should be treated.

You know, I try to pamper her a little bit,

just to show her how a man should treat her.

You know?

She has a point.

High expectations, right?

You want to add something?

Something you need to say?

Do you have a point?

All right.

So you posted this, and did you have any idea that it

would go viral like that?

Absolutely not.

I just-- when I posted it, everyone just

started tagging you.

And I was just like, oh my god.

This is crazy.

I can't believe that there was another picture that

should have gone viral.

This one in the calendar.

You were Mr. March.

And I don't know why that didn't go viral.


Oh my god.

They're making noise because of your daddy's tummy.


Yes, so that was actually for a good cause.

That was for the animals.

I see.

To raise awareness for pet adoption.

I know.

That was really cool that you did that.

That's amazing.

So you work a couple of jobs.

You're a firefighter, and what else do you do?

I'm in school for nursing, I'm also a medical assistant.


And so, why do you want to be a nurse also?

I just enjoy helping people.

Nursing is just-- it's a wonderful profession,

and I just enjoy helping people.

And I want to show Kensley, even if you have a career,

you can always better yourself, you know?

High expectations.

Right, Kensley?

Because you know, where I'm from, I come from the projects,

so my dad lived in the projects.

My mom lived in the projects.

So I wanted to show Kensley like, you can always

strive for more, you know?


Where you have this--

You're amazing.



Because you also do a lot of-- during the holidays,

you do a lot of work helping the homeless.

Is that why you all--

you're just-- you do so much good.

Yeah, because like I said, I came--

I lived in a shelter before.

So I know what it's like not to have something.

You know so, when you get blessed,

you have to pay it forward.

Bless others.

You know?

When you are blessed, you bless others, right Kenny?

That's amazing.

Right, baby?

She loves me.

You want to say hi to Ellen?

You want to come say hi to me?

Come here.

Come sit with me.




Go like this.

Do I get a kiss?

Want to give a kiss?

Not today?

You're so cute.

You're so cute.



Well I got her something, because I think that she's

going look really cute in this.

And something for her to also drive.

So can we bring it out?






You have a little outfit.

Wow, Kensley..

How do you-- how did the guys that you work with,

the firefighters, how did they like that video

that you posted?

Oh my god.

When I walked into the firehouse,

they have their shoes off, and they're like.

I want my toes clipped, too.

That's hilarious.

All right.

Well, this is too big for you right now.

But you're going to wear that at some point.

OK, Kensley?

Did you notice her socks?

Yes, I sure did.

Those are Ellen's socks.

I know.

The whole little outfit is adorable.


That's your brand.

I know.

That's why I'm holding her.

It's a good picture.

All right.

We have to take a break, but stick around,

because we have another little gift for you.


All right.

We'll be right back.

We're back with Jimmy, Kinsley.

And now Kinsey's mom, Lori, has joined us.

This baby--


She's so good.

I mean, this is the first time--

I mean, you can tell that the noise is like captivating her.

But it's not really scaring her like that.

She likes to be in front of a crowd.


When I start recording her, she just-- she knows.

It's action.


She's a star already.

All right.

Well, I have a couple more things for you,

and one of the things that I want

to do for you is a Shutterfly Cares For Firefighters,

who help families in need.

So they want to donate $25,000 to the FDNY Foundation.


That's crazy.



That's amazing.


And then, one more thing you're also

getting a check for $25,000 in Kensley's name for her future.




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