Watching your children graduate – be it from high school or college – is a truly unforgettable milestone moment as a parent. Anyone who has experienced it will surely recall the bursting pride and untapped joy that comes from seeing their not-so-little one close out a chapter in their lives, achieving a specific goal they have worked so hard for.
For Texas dad Dennis Roach, this feeling was multiplied ten-fold in 2018 when his daughter, Tori, graduated from high school. It was an opportunity for them to recreate a photo taken back in 2000, and the result warmed hearts all over the world.
Back in 2000, when Dennis graduated high school, he had his infant daughter, Tori, present for the celebrations. They posed for a photo where Dennis gave his little girl a kiss – a perfect keepsake reminder of his big day.
Fast forward to 2018, it was Tori’s turn to mark her high school graduation moment. And just like that, Dennis was there to share in the milestone. They came up with a brilliant idea to recreate the photo they took eighteen years ago.
In the new version, Tori lay across her father’s arms as he once again kissed her cheek. She uploaded a side-by-side image – with the pictures from 2000 and 2018 – to Twitter, and the response was overwhelming.
“18 years later,” Tori captioned her post. The photo quickly went viral, accumulating almost 150,000 likes and 57,000 reposts. The comments field was filled with people expressing their joy and admiration for the photo.
Apart from the evident bond between father and daughter, there was one detail that caught people’s attention and couldn’t go without comment: Dennis, Tori’s dad, didn’t appear to have aged at all in the eighteen-year gap between the two photos.
“How old is your father?” someone pondered. “He looks ageless.”
“I think you froze your father until you grew up,” another jokingly remarked.
“Tori, did your dad never age?” a third quipped.
Tori couldn’t believe the attention her post received and later clarified that her dad, who was 37 at the time of her high school graduation, wasn’t single. She also spoke about her father’s pride in the whole experience.
“My dad was really proud. We’re from a small town, so nothing like this really ever happens. And he was like, ‘That’s so cool!’” Tori shared.
Recreating the graduation photo brought Tori and her dad closer, a special bond that not many people get to experience.
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