When a New York City mother traveled to Utah State University to help her daughter pack up her dorm room, she decided to snap a selfie. The mother sent the photo to her daughter, who immediately realized that a big mistake had been made.
Deanna Pilling is a self-described “dorky” mom-of-four from New York City who often finds herself in bizarre situations. “Imagine ‘The Absent-Minded Professor,'” she told TODAY. “I’m a little bit like that, with a big heart. I get myself into weird situations sometimes, unknowingly.” Such was the case when she traveled to Utah State University to help her daughter McKenna pack up her dorm room.
When it came time for her 18-year-old daughter McKenna to pack up her dorm room at Utah State University, being a dedicated mother, Deanna decided to travel all the way across the country to help her. The mother-of-four even decided to surprise her daughter by showing up a day early.
When Deanna arrived at the university and walked into McKenna’s room, she noticed that the walls were bare and moving boxes were scattered all over the floor. It looked exactly the way it should, considering its occupant was getting ready to move.
McKenna wasn’t inside of the room when her mother arrived, so instead of standing around and waiting for her daughter, Deanna laid on her bed and made herself comfortable. Minutes passed and her daughter was nowhere in sight, so Deanna snapped a smiling selfie from the bed and texted it to McKenna.
“Instead of standing there and waiting, I thought, ‘Oh what a comfortable bed. I’ll lay on it and wait for her,'” Deanna said. “Every dorm room looked exactly the same. In my mind, I was perfectly confident this was her bed.” Except that it wasn’t. McKenna received her mom’s selfie, took a closer look, and immediately realized Deanna’s big mistake.
The hilarious text conversation that ensued would ultimately go viral with tens of thousands of shares. Deanna was actually in a room on the wrong floor. When McKenna replied that she was in her room, Deanna realized the mistake. “I felt sick to my stomach,” she recalled. “Oh my gosh. I’m in the wrong place.”
“I was just confused at first, and then I immediately figured out what had happened,” said McKenna. “I was in a panic of where she was. I was scared of whose room that was. I didn’t want her to embarrass me.” They both ran out of the rooms they were in to find each other and were hysterical when they reunited. “I just could not stop laughing at her,” said McKenna. “I thought she was such a dork, and it’s just something she would do. She’s funny and quirky and does silly things all the time.”
Deanna may be a “dorky” mom, but there aren’t many parents who would travel across the country just to help their college student pack. “She’s a great mom,” said McKenna. “I’m so thankful for her. She’s helped me so much and she’s such a good sport.” Indeed, McKenna is very lucky to have such a dedicated mother — and one who keeps her laughing!