Many parents miss their kids when they go off to college, especially if they choose to spend a semester studying abroad. While they say, "Absence makes the heart grow fonder," a cardboard cutout of yourself helps, too.
At least, that was the hope of Dalton Ross, a senior at Belmont University, who jokingly sent his mom a cardboard cutout of his likeness while studying abroad in London.
Ross told A Plus, "I just thought sending a life-size cutout of me unannounced to my mom would give my family a laugh." The cutout was accompanied by a simple note: "You're welcome."
He added, "I thought maybe they'd put it in the living room corner until I got back to remember I exist." But his mom, Susan Talley, had something much better in mind.
Talley loved the unexpected addition to her family so much, she decided to go on "lots of adventures with this Dalton while the real one is in Europe." She sent the resulting pictures to her human son, who uploaded them to Imgur.
Like any loving mother, she's been taking good care of her proxy son: