On behalf of all the parents out there, let me just say: Thanks for nothing, Bryan Martin!
While we're sure your daughter Brenna appreciates the beautifully thoughtful graduation gift you gave her, it also pretty much guaranteed the rest of us will look like slackers with whatever gift we give our own children now.
I mean, what's an iPad, necklace or hearty pat on the back when compared to the lovingly sentimental item you spent 13 years creating for this one special day?
(Side note: Thiswebsite's list of suggested graduation gifts includes luggage. Luggage.)
On the surface, Martin's gift of a copy of Dr. Seuss' "Oh, The Places You'll Go!" appears nice, if unspectacular. But it gets better once the book is opened.
Inside, the pages are filled with notes and remembrances from each of Brenna's teachers, principals and coaches which her dad asked them to write down at the end of every school year for the last 13 school years since kindergarten.
Brenna posted some pictures of the book on the photo sharing site imgur.com, along with a note. She wrote "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."
She also posted the story on Reddit.com where it has generated a significant amount of admiring comments, pledges from parents to do something similar and also this post from a user named 'sprtsgy'who apparently had been reading through the comment thread:
"I cannot believe Brenna posted this. I knew she liked it. But... And she has always been the light of my life. Doing this was just a small way of letting her know. She makes me so proud every day.--yep....Brenna's Dad (and do I really look like MeatLoaf?)"
According to her Twitter page, Brenna is off to college next year where you have to imagine she'll find some shelf space for her new book.
Though you know what she'll need to pack it up?
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