13 years ago, when his daughter Brenna was just a five-year-old little girl heading off to kindergarten for the the first time, Bryan Martin spent the best 15 bucks that he’d ever spend. Come to think of it, it might just be the best 15 bucks ever spent in the history of the world.
See, on the very eve of his daughter’s education, Martin went out and bought a copy of that classic Dr. Seuss book, Oh, The Places You’ll Go, a super cool inspirational story about the fact that every single kid’s life hold so much potential and magic and possibility.
Then, according to a piece over at The Huffington Post, Martin proceeded to ask each and every one of Brenna’s teachers to write a heartfelt message to her. For the next thirteen years, through every grade she passed.
The result is an absolutely stunning gift of comments and compliments from every adult who has taught Brenna at school, starting with her kindergarten teachers’ according to the Huff Po. It is the kind of gift that takes a major amount of forethought and diligence, not to mention the ability to keep a secret for a long, long time.
Brennan was so moved by it when her dad presented it to her when graduated high school this past year that she wrote about her gratitude, and even posted about it on Reddit, which has amassed a slew of positive reaction.
So, in a world where originality and doing your own thing is really important, as Dr. Seuss was sure to point out, I still think there are times when there ought to be exceptions. And I, for one, will be copying Bryan Martin’s beautiful idea starting this September when my own little girl, Violet, heads off into the great big world (aka kindergarten).
Yeah, it’s copycatting, that’s for sure, but still. I’m so thankful that I am going to have the opportunity to do this for her and for my other two kids.
On the Reddit thread, the man behind the idea joined the conversation, writing, “I cannot believe Brenna posted this… she has always been the light of my life. Doing this was just a small way of letting her know.”
Frankly, I think Bryan Martin’s beautiful idea is going to keep a lot of teachers busy for a long time to come.
And that says it all.
Image: Imgur/Brenna Martin
Info: The Huffington Post
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