As his daughter prepared to graduate from a Texas high school, Jason Gayler was going through a stack of old photographs when he came across a photo walking his then 5-year-old daughter, Britanny, on the first day of kindergarten.
Now, 13 years later, Jason and Brittany recreated that moment; walking to school together on her last day as a senior at Alvord High School.
“It was very bittersweet walking with him,” Brittany told Today. “It’s definitely a moment I’m going to remember forever. When I posted the tweet and going back and forth through the pictures, it just amazes me how fast it goes by. It feels like yesterday that we were taking that first picture.”
Jason Gayler, 38, said the reaction to the photograph has “been a bit shocking with a mix of happiness.
“It brings me great joy if we were able to help people think back to that time, even if just for a brief moment, and smile,” he told Today. “I can hope one day when I’m old I can look back at this and smile.”
my dad walked me to school on my very first day & today he walked me to school on my very last day pic.twitter.com/70RmbI7oQ9
— Brittany Gayler (@BrittanyGayler) May 25, 2017