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When Dylan Olivo was in first grade, he gave his dad, Robert, a handmade Pokémon tie. His father appreciated the gift with his son’s hand-drawn Pikachu, but he had no place to wear it.
Fast-forward a decade or so, and the time finally came: Robert donned the Pokémon tie to wear to Dylan’s graduation from Del Valle High School in Travis County, Texas.
Robert told KVUE-TV that when he received the tie, he certainly had no idea where he would wear it. “Me and my wife would joke about it, and I told her, I’m going to wear it when he graduates. That will be the best time.”
So as Dylan prepared to walk during commencement exercises as one of the top students in his class, his dad put on the tie for the first time, taking something silly and making it meaningful.
“I could see the Pikachu from far away,” Dylan told KVUE. “It just has me appreciate what I have with my dad.”
He told Teen Vogue he was “shocked” that his dad actually went through with it. “I didn’t expect him to really wear it or even have it this whole time. He has never worn the tie before in his life until my graduation day.”
“My dad and I have that relationship where it may not look like we’re close, but really we’re pretty much the same people,” Dylan told Fresh U. “We’re always cracking jokes and laughing about something, even if it’s dumb.”