One can remake songs, one can remake movies, but a Texan girl has decided to give a unique twist to old family albums, and has made the world a funnier place in the process. It all started in the summer of 2016 when Marissa Hooper, a 21-year-old college student from Texas, was staying home for her summer break.
Marissa Hooper with her mom, Kathryn.
One day, sitting on the couch with her sister, Cristina, who no longer lives at home, she was going through her parents’ vast collection of family photos, when Cristina came up with a sudden question.
“My sister looked over at me and asked if I thought our parents went around and looked at all of these pictures when they missed us,” Marissa told HuffPost. “Or if they would even notice if we moved them around.”
It was then that a mischievous idea struck Marissa who came with a plan to have a little fun with her folks.
She began looking around the house for materials she could use as costumes and props. Once she had the right objects, she grabbed the family’s two-pound Chihuahua, Dixie.
Using the chihuahua Dixie as her model, Marissa then recreated two family photos, one showing her grandmother…
…the other showing her sister in kindergartener.
“I made the pictures similar at first glance,” Marissa told HuffPost. “So they might actually be hard to notice.”
Marissa also explained that her parents have several “big bookshelves that take up entire walls” in the Hooper family home, each one decorated with trinkets and tons of photos which make anything unusual difficult to spot at once.
Can you find Dixie in this photo? Hint: look at the bottom-right.
After Marissa snapped the remakes, she waited until there was no one around in order to place the replicas in front of the originals.
It took Kathryn two weeks to notice something was different.
“Embarrassingly, she found it while company was over and knew immediately it had to be one of us playing a joke on her,” Marissa said.
“She was showing off some pictures to people who were walking through the house, and was trying to awkwardly hide these pictures because she didn’t want them to think that that’s what she did in her spare time.”
After the guests left, Kathryn went through all the frames around the house to find out if there are more, and she has remained on the lookout in the twelve months since.
“I’m convinced she’s paranoid I change something every time I come home,” Marissa said.
The 21-year-old attends college just a two-hour drive away, which means she is at her parents’ house quite often. Recently, however, she has been restraining herself from doing her signature prank, until a couple of weeks ago when she decided to make another Dixie replica using her own high school graduation photo.
The text Marissa got from her mother Kathryn two days after the latest remake
When Marissa shared the photos of her Dixie replicas and her mom’s text to Twitter, they received over 73,000 likes and 31,000 retweets in a couple of days.
Of course, none of it would have been possible without the help of Chihuahua Dixie.
“I don’t have to use treats or anything to get her to look at the camera. She’s very good at sitting there and being ready,” Marissa said of the 7-year-old dog that even has its own Instagram account. “She’s a natural, what can I say?”