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Feel Good Friday – Oh, The Places You’ll Go

A very special father kept a secret from his daughter for 13 years, just so he could give her a priceless gift on the day of her high school graduation. On her very first day of school, he bought “Oh The Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Seuss. Ever since her first day of kindergarten, he has been working on this amazing surprise for her. She thought it was a normal book.

Read the rest of the story HERE.

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  • David June 14, 2013, 3:23 am

    How wonderful

  • Chelle June 14, 2013, 6:58 am

    I’m a Youth Pastor – and we always give this book with a special note inside to our graduating seniors.
    How great would it be to have a special book like this for our own daughter when she graduates!!
    Thanks for sharing this geat idea!!!!

  • Cerys June 14, 2013, 6:58 am

    I’m not crying. I’m not crying at all.

  • Simmi June 14, 2013, 8:04 am

    What an awesome dad.

  • Lindsay June 14, 2013, 8:39 am

    I teared up a bit myself, thinking about this! My oldest is just finishing Kindergarten; maybe there’s still time to start one of these for her!

  • gramma dishes June 14, 2013, 8:51 am

    What a wonderful, joyful, creative gift!

    On the other hand, as a retired teacher, I have to cringe just a little at the idea of current teachers suddenly having dozens of such books thrust into their hands at the end of the school year by parents who want to do the same thing for their own children! ;-D

  • Mae June 14, 2013, 9:18 am

    Really great story. Cool side note- I actually graduated from this very same high school 22 years ago!
    Go Panthers!

  • WildIrishRose June 14, 2013, 10:32 am

    I really, really wish I had thought of doing something like this for my kids! What a great idea!

  • PhDeath June 14, 2013, 11:32 am

    What a beautiful way to show a young person how they have grown and changed over the years…and those wonderful qualities they’ve had all along.

  • sv June 14, 2013, 11:44 am

    What a wonderful, thoughtful, priceless gift.

  • NostalgicGal June 14, 2013, 11:49 am

    This is seriously great. If I was an inundated teacher, it’d be worth it to find that time for a few days of writing until my fingers fell off for something like this. Totally wonderful.

  • Mary June 14, 2013, 11:57 am

    I’ve seen this idea for the last few years. But too late for me to start it.

  • Eva June 14, 2013, 11:58 am

    What a wonderful dad and idea!

  • Bluemyst June 14, 2013, 12:24 pm

    That’s a wonderful idea and very touching.

  • wren June 14, 2013, 3:04 pm

    I am sniveling shamelessly. That is one loving dad and a very blessed daughter.

  • Anonymous June 14, 2013, 4:51 pm

    What a wonderful dad,
    And a wonderful book,
    There are wonderful things
    Everywhere that you look.

    You don’t need much money
    To touch your kid’s heart,
    On the brink of adulthood,
    Future waiting to start.

    For high school is finished,
    University beckons,
    And daughter-dad moments
    Will be fewer, I reckon.

    Father can’t go with Daughter,
    And stay in her dorm,
    He can’t say,
    “Take a sweater! You’ll want to stay warm!”

    He can’t shield her from failure,
    Academic confusion,
    Getting bumped on the sports field,
    Sustaining contusions.

    He can’t stop a breakup,
    Get her solos in choir,
    All he can do
    Is stand back and admire

    The results of his efforts–his girl is all grown
    Spreading her wings, flying off on her own,
    Away from his presence, she carries his book
    When in need of his guidance, she just has to look

    At the words of her mentors, from childhood gone by,
    Inspired by their message; there’s no need to cry!
    For, they know she’s awesome, and she’ll know it too;
    And now that she knows that, she’ll know what to do!

    She’ll get up from her setbacks, go forth with panache,
    Conquer finals, friend dramas, being hard-pressed for cash,
    For, she knows from her father, the best things are free,
    Like the gift that he gave her, to help his child see

    The potential inside her, that grows like a flower,
    Opening outward, to give her the power,
    To move forward in life, be all she desires,
    And maybe one day, she’ll get to inspire

    A child of her own, getting ready to start
    On the journey of life, with a gift from the heart!
    Words of wisdom are priceless, they cannot be measured,
    But knowing you’re loved, is a thing to be treasured.

    She’ll be nervous as Father, when she made that leap,
    From a summit that seemed so impossibly steep,
    But a child needs encouragement, freedom, and trust,
    So allowing this leap is an absolute must.

    So, she’ll stand back and watch as her child spreads their wings–
    Everywhere that you look, there are wonderful things.

  • Jessie June 15, 2013, 1:10 am

    Aaaand here come the tears. Pass the tissue please!
    That is such a sweet thing for her dad to do, I’m sure she’ll treasure that book forever.

    @Anonymous: That was amazing, I love your comment/poem. <3

  • Basketcase June 15, 2013, 1:51 am

    I might do similar for my now 10-week old, but instead of necesarily annoying his teachers, I might just do photos and stories from us and his family, family friends etc, and save it for his 21st.
    Off to the bookstore tomorrow I reckon 🙂

  • Anonymous June 15, 2013, 3:01 pm

    @Jessie–I’m glad you liked my poem. I wasn’t sure if it was creepy that I wrote a poem about a father and daughter who I didn’t know, but the poem started forming itself in my head, and I had to write it down.

  • justme June 15, 2013, 5:21 pm

    I also liked the poem.

    I saw this idea for the first time just a few weeks ago- an 8th grade home room teacher was asked to pass it around, with about two weeks time, to the other teachers, listed, on an envelope, for child X.

    I thought it was a lovely idea, and trust me, a 1st or 2nd grade teacher might get a few, but it would fade over the years.

    Many parents (myself included) have trouble keeping up with school photos!
    This is a lovely and sweet idea, and one to tell to new mommies with kids entering kindergarten, to see if they could keep it up for 13 years!!

  • WMK June 16, 2013, 12:17 pm

    What a wonderful gift.

  • LittleRedDress June 18, 2013, 5:30 pm

    Never, ever would my father have thought to do something that splendid for me. What a terrific guy!

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