One dad’s perfect twist on a classic grad gift
Oh, the Places You’ll Go! is the perfect gift for graduates, especially when you’ve put in a few more decades in the grind that is life and realize how poignant a piece of work it really is, but one dad put a twist on this standby that will truly provide his daughter inspiration for the years to come.
Bryan Martin bought a copy thirteen years before the big day and spent the time in between filling in the pages with complements she received from kindergarten through high school.
According to Brenna, his daughter:
Following the ceremony he handed me a bag with a copy of “Oh the Places You’ll Go,” by Doctor Seuss inside. At first I just smiled and said that it meant a lot and that I loved that book.
But then he told me “No, open it up.” …On the first page I see a short paragraph written by none other than my kindergarten teacher. I start tearing up but I’m still confused. He tells me “Every year, for the past 13 years, since the day you started kindergarten I’ve gotten every teacher, coach, and principal to write a little something about you inside this book.”
He managed to keep this book a secret for 13 years, and apparently everyone else in my life knew about it! Yes the intended effect occurred… I burst out in tears. Sitting there reading through this book there are encouraging and sweet words from every teacher I love and remember through my years in this small town. My early teachers mention my “Pigtails and giggles,” while my high school teachers mention my “Wit and sharp thinking..” But they all mention my humor and love for life. It is astounding to receive something this moving, touching, nostalgic, and thoughtful.
Time to head to the bookstore, folks; this idea’s a keeper.
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