Brenna Martin, an 18-year-old living in Kenly, North Carolina, just graduated from high school. Upon graduation, her father Bryan Martin gave her a gift: a copy of the Dr. Seuss classic Oh, The Places You’ll Go!.

It’s actually fairly deep and serious, a lighthearted but meaningful poem meant to inspire a young person to be brave and take heart as they embark on a new adventure.

He bought the copy of Oh, The Places You’ll Go! 13 years ago, when Brenna was five. And didn’t tell her about it. And for the past 13 years, as he watched her grown through kindergarten, through elementary and middle school grades and on to high school, and watched her grow up and no doubt meet and lose friends, try things and succeed, try things and fail, and be afraid to try things, he has been secretly slipping the book to her teachers, her coaches, important people in her life, so that this book, already full of an inspiring poem by Dr. Seuss, was also full of deeply personal, encouraging messages meant for Brenna alone.

So that when she opened the book, it became a time capsule of sorts, from people who had meant the world to her at different stages in her life, urging her forward and cheering her on. What an absolutely fantastic treasure for her.

– excerpted from the article, A Book Becomes the Best Graduation Present Ever, by Beth Carswell

Wow! Thirteen years! Good thing he kept updating the operating system and still had the right software and device to run it on…wait…it’s a book…dang…don’t have to worry about such things…

I guess you can Kindle that…or not… 🙂

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