A family in Burnsville, Minn. are making the most of an April blizzard by recreating photos from a record-breaking snowstorm that happened on the same day, 35 years ago.
A photo from April 14, 1983 features a two-and-a-half year old Aaron Brown shovelling next to his father after a whopping 14 inches of snow fell in what is still the worst April snowstorm in Minnesota history.
When a storm blew in over the weekend — April 14 to be exact — Brown received a message from his brother, reminding him of the old family photo.
“It was too cool of a coincidence not to try and recreate,” Brown told Yahoo Canada Style. Twelve inches of fallen snow prevented him from visiting his father, but the family quickly improvised, recreating the photo with his three-year-old son, Wyatt.
Brown shared the photos to Twitter with the hashtag of his local news station, #kare11weather. A while later, Brown’s wife began receiving text messages that the photo had gone viral.
By Monday morning, Brown’s tweet had received 140,000 likes, 19,000 retweets and hundreds of comments.
“The response has been crazy,” Brown said. “We just wanted to do something neat because the days matched. I didn’t even remotely expect so many people to see it, or comment on it. Definitely didn’t expect it to go viral.”
Brown, who has two other children, 8 and 11, called his parents to share the news. In a world where people are chasing social media fame, Brown’s mother innocently replied, “What does gone viral mean?” A response Brown says was “very mom.”
While it may not have broken the 1983 record for the most snow, the blizzard of 2018 will most definitely go down in Burns family history as the year they went viral.
Hopefully someone has broken the news to little Wyatt that the torch has officially been passed to keep this photo tradition alive. We’ll check in with him in another 35 years.