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This Mom Was So Sad She Couldn't Take Back-To-School Photos, So She Improvised

"She's leaving me; Duke will never leave me."

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This is 18-year-old Kaylin Sellers with her mom, Nikki Stansberry. Next week, Kaylin is leaving their home in Lacey, Washington, for Eastern Washington University. Her mom told BuzzFeed News that she's pretty emotional about it.

“She’s my only one, so it’s going to be very tough," Stansberry said.

On Wednesday morning, Stansberry said that everyone was posting back-to-school photos on Facebook and that seeing them made her sad.


Her daughter said the photos were an annual, and obligatory, tradition. "Whether I liked it or not, my mom always had to get some pictures in," the teen told BuzzFeed News.

"This was my first time in 14 years I couldn't take a back-to-school picture," Stansberry said of her now grown-up daughter. That's when she glanced over at her golden doodle.


She used Kaylin's old backpack to create his back-to-school look.

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Remy Smidt is a reporter with BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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