sometimes the best gifts take time
I saw a video on the Today Show several years ago about a girl who graduated from high school and her parents gave her a copy of the book Oh The Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss.
Big deal right? What if I told you the parents had had every teacher sign it from the time she was 5? They kept a secret from her for years while she attended school. Every year they would have the teachers sign the book and they’d put it away.
Once she graduated from high school, her parents gave her this book.
A 13 year undertaking. It’s like having all the people who had you has teachers cheering you on as you embark on your journey into college and beyond.
This touched my heart deeply, and makes me cry every time I tell someone about how they can do this. So I thought, I can do this too.
how to plan a great gift for your kids for graduation
I bought 2 copies of Oh The Places You’ll Go! and I’ve hidden them in my office. I have contacted my daughters first grade teacher (just a little behind) in hopes she will sign the book for me. And then I’ll contact her kindergarten teacher (now retired), to see if she will sign it as well. It will be easier for my son as he’s just starting kindergarten.
The hard part will be keeping the books hidden the next 13 years from them and them not finding them. But I’m looking forward to the awesome looks on their faces as they see all their teachers rallying behind them through the years to be successful.
You could also use this as a baby shower gift and have family members sign it for every birthday too.
I just had to share and I hope it inspires you to do this or something unique for your kids graduation.
Update: I am in year 8 of this project. My book has been discovered, but not opened in my office. I just tell them it’s my book, leave it alone and hide it again.
It takes some work in planning as they have gotten older, more teachers. Middle school and high school have multiple teachers I have them tell me who their favorite teachers are and I only ask those teachers to write in it. There are lots of emails the last 3 weeks of the year. I also put a sticky note on the book with a list of who needs to sign it, my name and number and the office calls me when it’s done.
I have 4 more years for my daughter and 6 more for my son.
What if my kids are almost done with school?
You may be thinking great, my kids are almost done with school, there is no way I can do this. You can certainly contact the teachers if you want and ask them to write in the book. Another way to use the book is to give the book to the child their last year of school and have their friends write notes in it. They can look back on it and see where their friends end up later in life.
Have you done this for your kids?