A Mother Sent Her Daughter This Selfie From Bed, But The Teen Instantly Spotted Her Mom’s Mistake

When Deanna Pilling visited her daughter’s college without her knowledge, she decided to surprise her with a selfie from the teen’s bed. However, as soon as her daughter received the image, she saw her mom’s blunder.

Pilling lives in New York City. However, in May 2016 she was preparing to make the trip to Utah State University in Logan, Utah, to pick up her daughter, 18-year-old McKenna, and take her home for the summer.

McKenna had no idea of her mom’s impending visit. Pilling had hoped that she could sneak into her daughter’s dorm room and catch her by surprise. After that, they would pack up the student’s things and make their way back to the Big Apple.

Given the task ahead of her, Pilling figured that she’d arrive at McKenna’s dorm early. That way, they’d have a whole day to tidy her room and gather her things. However, when the mom-of-four arrived, it appeared that someone had already beaten her to it.

The whole room had been packed into boxes and all the decoration had been removed from the walls. In 2016, Pilling told CBS New York, “I was just standing there thinking, ‘Wow, she really cleaned up a lot.’”

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While all of McKenna’s possessions were hidden, she too was nowhere to be seen. As a result, Pilling decided to hang out in the room and simply wait for her daughter to return. However, being a self-confessed “dorky mom” she decided that just sitting on a chair wouldn’t do.

Instead, the mom confessed, “I just hopped on the bed [and] laid down.” After a few minutes, Pilling decided to snap a selfie while making herself comfortable and send it to McKenna for a joke. Alongside the image, she wrote, “Look where I am! Where are you?”

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The New York-based mom thought that her daughter would be taken aback to find her settled down in bed. However, she would never have expected McKenna’s text response. “Where’s that?” the student said. “Please tell me that you’re not in someone else’s dorm.”

It was then that Pilling had a crippling realization. “I am in the wrong dorm, OMG,” she wrote back to her daughter. At that point, the embarrassment really began to set in, “because I had said ‘Hi’ to several people on the way in,” she told CBS New York. “I don’t know what they thought, like, ‘Who is this woman?’”

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Describing the different emotions that she went through after realizing her mistake, Pilling said, “Oh my gosh, fear and panic.” McKenna later revealed that her mom had felt completely sick, causing her to run from the room.

Later, defending her mom’s confusion, McKenna told Texas’s KTSU radio station, “She must have mixed up the dorms. When she walked in, it was all packed up so it could have been my dorm.” In another interview with Fox 13 News in Florida, Mckenna added, “She just waited there for five minutes and decided to send me a funny picture.”

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After fleeing the stranger’s dorm, Pilling successfully located her daughter, who found the slip-up hilarious. In fact, McKenna thought her mom’s error was so funny that she decided to share their text exchange on Twitter.

Alongside a screenshot of her mom’s selfie and subsequent messages, McKenna simply wrote, “Momma Pilling at it again.” And it didn’t take long for her tweet to go viral. In fact, since the student posted it in 2016 the hilarious exchange has garnered almost 40,000 likes and more than 18,000 retweets.

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Among those who saw the tweet was the person whose room Pilling had mistakenly entered. “It was a friend in my building,” McKenna explained to New York’s WPIX news in 2016. “She commented on it [the picture] and was like, ‘Is that my pillow?’ And so we never told her.”

As her tweet got bigger and bigger, McKenna found the whole episode even more amusing. “We weren’t expecting anything of it,” the teenager admitted. “I put the caption as ‘Momma Pilling’ and that’s what all my friends call her.”

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The bemused daughter added, “I just thought that friends and family would see it but now it’s completely gone everywhere. I think it’s funny. We just keep laughing about it and I’m really surprised.”

In an interview with BuzzFeed in 2016, McKenna added, “Once it got bigger and bigger we just couldn’t stop laughing because it was so unexpected. Every time I refresh my feed more retweets and favorites pop up and now all that my mom has to say [about it] is, ‘I wish I would’ve taken a better picture.’”

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According to Pilling, it’s not the first time that she’s gotten herself into an awkward situation. In 2016, she told the TODAY show, “Imagine The Absent-Minded Professor. I’m a little bit like that, with a big heart. I get myself into weird situations sometimes, unknowingly.”

However, since her brush with viral fame, Pilling has vowed to put her selfie-taking days behind her. “I was like, ‘Oh I’m going to be so cool. I’m going to take a selfie and send it to her,’” she told CBS New York. But instead, her error has entertained thousands around the globe.

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But while some kids might have been mortified about one of their parents making such a public faux-pas, Pilling’s bedroom blunder was one of the reasons that McKenna loved her. “I thought she was such a dork and it’s just something that she would do. She’s funny and quirky and does silly things all the time,” the student told the TODAY show.

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