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Dad’s Secret Graduation Present To Daughter Took 13 Years To Make

June 18, 2012 | 16 Comments » | Topics: Awesome, Heartwarming, Pics

graduation present

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.

graduation present

graduation present


16 Responses to “Dad’s Secret Graduation Present To Daughter Took 13 Years To Make”

  1. Sharmota_Egy Says:
    June 20th, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Love is priceless

  2. Ned Says:
    June 22nd, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    Good Job stealing this directly from reddit. Dumbass.

  3. Totschaz3 Says:
    June 23rd, 2012 at 11:05 am

    don’t think reddit was around 13 years ago. good try though.

  4. Chuck Says:
    June 23rd, 2012 at 2:39 pm


  5. DeadBabyDude Says:
    June 23rd, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Cheap bastid.

  6. Joseph Gonzalez Says:
    June 23rd, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    I hope yu gave him a nice Father’s day present. 😛

  7. Kh_utaibi Says:
    June 24th, 2012 at 3:31 am

    Lucky girl to have such a dad!

  8. Char Says:
    June 24th, 2012 at 7:42 am

    My dad gave me nothing when I graduated. Didnt even come to the ceremony. You win.

  9. tcb90125 Says:
    June 24th, 2012 at 8:59 am

    This will mean a lot more to her than a car – maybe you’re not old enough to understand that yet, or you’re just being a cute troll.

  10. ns Says:
    June 25th, 2012 at 5:32 am

    i’ve been keeping journals for mine. i wish i had written them by hand though. i’ve been typing them on the computer.

  11. N. Obody Says:
    June 25th, 2012 at 6:37 am

    No way! The car iz da endz . . . can ya roll a blunt wit da pages?

  12. Wishingonastar Says:
    June 25th, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    I am 41 yo and wish that I had a Dad like him. It is so important for a girl to have a good father figure from the very begining. Way to go Dad!

  13. Rmarini Says:
    June 25th, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Posted to my blog:

  14. Jessica Says:
    June 25th, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Ive heard of this, but thought it was a recent thing. Never heard of it actually being given. I actually just wrote in one for one of my pre-K kids!

  15. Stamford79 Says:
    June 27th, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Best. Dad. Ever.

  16. readiness Says:
    June 27th, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    She’ll love them anyways. I did.


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