There are a million posts about graduation right now, with young people celebrating their big accomplishment with friends and family. Twitter is truly at its most inspirational. However, not everyone has everybody around that they'd like to be there for their big day. Recent high school graduate and Twitter user @nanatat07 shared a story about her yearly celebration with her mom that has gone viral for being so heartbreaking and beautiful.
She shared pictures she took with her mother over the last four years of her education, and wrote this caption:
"Yesterday was my last day of high school. For 4 years I’ve taken pictures with my mom on my first and last days of school. She wasn’t able to make it for the last one, but her strength motivated me to stay strong during this time. All of my hard work is for her!"
Yesterday was my last day of high school. For 4 years I’ve taken pictures with my mom on my first and last days of school. She wasn’t able to make it for the last one, but her strength motivated me to stay strong during this time. All of my hard work is for her! ❤️👩🏽🎓 pic.twitter.com/pDGlOEoxod— sav-age (@nanatat07) May 23, 2018
You can see her and her mom through the years, getting ice cream and shakes in honor of the big days in their shared lives, but in the final one, @nanatat07 is seated at her mother's head stone.
In one photo it appears that her mother has lost her hair:
And begun to grow it back by the beginning of her daughter's senior year:
It's incredible that @nanatat07 was able to finish her school year, even with such an enormous loss taking place. It's a testament to her mom's influence and care that she reached the high school finish line.
People were deeply moved by her story, and absolutely certain that her mom would be incredibly proud of everything she's done:
A lot of people noticed that @nanatat07 had brought a Starbucks cup to her mom's grave, as though to share a special treat with her one last time. Everyone was crying.
In every picture they have something to share together, in the last one it was Starbucks. I see it as a symbol of their bond. In the last picture her mother is gone but the bond still goes on. It doesn’t have anything to do with Starbucks really.— johanna🌻 (@joenutzzz) May 23, 2018
A number of people shared their own stories of losing parents at a young age, often while in school. It's a group no one wants to belong to, but here they are supporting each other on Twitter:
Stay strong girly! Your momma is so proud ! my dad passed when I was still In middle school, I graduated college this past weekend and took him my Lei I wore across stage ❤️— Naomi . Jae (@xonaaaomi) May 23, 2018
I lost my mom to cancer my junior year of high school, and just wanted to say that I’m sending you love and peace. It’s hard to keep going with the normalcy of school when something so abnormal is happening elsewhere in life, but you did it and this kindred stranger is so proud.— Leemah (@LEEMAHperu) May 23, 2018
I lost my mom last year, which was also my junior year of high school. I understand completely. May your mom Rest In Peace ❤️— Lit Lyss (@Litlyss16) May 24, 2018
Lost my mum 18yrs ago to Cancer of the breast, also I was in junior year in High school. May their soul rest in eternal peace.— Ariyo Jola🇳🇬☯ (@arryoppy) May 24, 2018
My heart goes out to all of you, as well as the original poster. I just lost my mom to cancer at the end of my junior year of college, and I am so proud of all of you for being so strong at similar ages. All my love ♥️— emma (@emschurrr) May 24, 2018
Clearly, @nanatat07 didn't expect her tweet to go viral, but she has responded by saying how deeply moved she is by everyone's response and support.
I wish I could respond to everyone but I haven’t stopped getting notifications! Thank you everyone for all of the kind words and support! ❤️— sav-age (@nanatat07) May 23, 2018
I posted a separate tweet thanking everyone but I wanted to say something here too! Thank you for all of the kind words and support, it means a lot! The replies have me crying because I never noticed our close bond showed through like this and I’m so glad it did :)— sav-age (@nanatat07) May 24, 2018
Love lives forever.