High School Graduation Gift – 13 Years In The Making

by Terry on December 21, 2012 · 2 comments

in Feel Good Pictures, Feel Good Type Events, People Feel Good Stories

OK, I like to believe that I am a REALLY GREAT Dad but after this I may have to reevaluate that just a bit as this is truly AWESOME in the Feel Good Depot kind of way.

This young lady graduates from High School and her dad gives her a gift. The book, “The Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Seuss.

She initially gives it the teenage shrug (you know the one I am talking about) basically and her dad encourages her to open it… and then WOW. How Inspiring… here are her words:

"Oh the Places You'll Go..."


I graduated High School this week. When my Dad said he had a present for me I thought I was getting some cheesy graduation card. But what I received was something truly priceless. 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 occured… 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. I can’t express how much I love my Dad for this labor of love.

Dad, you TOTALLY ROCK!!! And congrats to you young lady on Graduation…. You have one inspiring POP!!!

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