Watching your children graduate – be it high school or college – is truly an unforgettable milestone moment as a parent.
Anyone who’s experienced it will surely recall the bursting pride, the untapped joy that comes from seeing your not-so-little one close out a chapter in their lives wherein they’ve worked so hard to achieve a specific goal.
Those positive feelings must have been ten-fold for Texas dad Dennis Roach in 2018, as his daughter’s high-school graduation gave him the opportunity to recreate a photo taken back in 2000 – and the result was enough to warm hearts all over the world…
When Dennis graduated high school in 2000, he was lucky enough to have his infant daughter, Tori, present for the celebrations. At the time, the pair posed for a photo in which Dennis gave his little girl a kiss – the perfect keepsake reminder of his big day.
Fast forward to 2018, and it was Tori Roach’s turn to mark the moment when she finished high school. Needless to say, Dennis was there to share the milestone, and the pair had the brilliant idea of recreating the photo they had taken eighteen years previous.
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, but no one could have guessed just how well it would be received by people online.
“18 years later,” Tori captioned her post. It soon went viral, accumulating almost 150,000 likes and 57,000 reposts.
The comments field was filled with people expressing their joy at the photo.
“Ugh this is just the sweetest,” one person wrote.
Another added: “One of the best pictures I have seen … I wish you and your family the best of luck.”
“Wow lovely…” a third said.
Yet arguably the most fascinating element of the two photos was the detail a lot of people spotted and couldn’t help but comment on. Namely, the fact that Tori’s dad Dennis doesn’t appeared to have aged at all in the intervening years between when the two photos were snapped.
“How old is your father,” mused one person. “He looks ageless.”
“I think you froze your father until you grow up,” another joked.
“Damn did you dad age any?” a third quipped.
Tori couldn’t believe the attention her post received, and was later forced to clarify that her dad, aged 37 at the time of her high school graduation, wasn’t single.
Furthermore, she spoke to People of Dennis’s pride.
“I woke up and I had a ton of notifications. People had started sharing and liking and commenting all over again. 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!’”
She added: “It brought me and my dad closer in a way because we could share that moment, and I feel that not many other people get to experience that.”
Such a heartwarming story of the obvious love between a father and his daughter.