It’s difficult to put into words the amount of joy parents feel on graduation day.
Gabrielle Yowell, an 18-year-old recent high school graduate from New Albany, Indiana, posted some touching photos of herself and her mother Lizzette that truly captures the emotions of this major milestone.
The image on the left was taken in 2004 on Gabrielle’s first day of kindergarten by a photographer from a local newspaper.
“I was coming back from school and my mom missed me so so much,” Gabrielle told Buzzfeed News when asked about the image.
The second photo is adult Gabrielle in her graduation gown, hugging her mom just like the first (except all grown up). The family decided to recreate the important photo; this time with Gabrielle’s father as the photographer.
Making the moment truly moving, Gabrielle says that her mother battled breast cancer last year, and that Lizzette “fought through it and was able to see me graduate,” according to BuzzFeed.
Needless to say, Twitter couldn’t handle the feels.
The photos truly reveal how some things can change over time, while others stay exactly the same.