Bryan Martin gave his daughter Brenna, a graduation gift she would treasure more than any he could have bought from a gift shop. Brenna was brought to tears when her father presented her with a "touching and thoughtful" gift on her graduation day.
According to Brenna, who posted her story online, "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."
Her father presented a copy of "Oh, The Places You'll Go!" by Dr. Seuss. According to The Huffington Post, the book has a cash value of less than $20. Brenna wrote: "At first I just smiled and said that it meant a lot and that I loved that book." But Bryan had a surprise waiting inside the book for his daughter. He said:"No, open it up."
Brenna opened the book. She writes: "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.'"
Bryan managed to keep the book a secret from his daughter for 13 years, but she would find out that everyone else in her life knew about it!
Brenna burst into tears.
She writes: "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." She continues: "My high school teachers mention my 'Wit and sharp thinking.' But they all mention my humor and love for life."
Brenna posted her story online and added a link to Reddit. Her story attracted plenty of attention and many said they would follow Brenna's Dad's thoughtful example.
Brenna's Dad joined the Reddit conversation. Commenting on Reddit as Sprtsgy, he said: I cannot believe Brenna posted this. I knew she liked it. But... And she has always been the light of my life. Doing this was just a small way of letting her know. She makes me so proud every day.--yep....Brenna's Dad (and do I really look like MeatLoaf?)"
Bobbarkersmicrophone: "You have an awesome dad!"
chileheadd: "You, sir, are awesome."
Genderf**k*R: "If you're really her dad... will you adopt me?"
Brenna concluded: "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."