The most meaningful graduation gift I can imagine is being presented to you today. If you are a parent, it is not too early or late to prepare this thoughtful gift for your child. It involves the book, “Oh, the Places You Will Go,” by Dr. Seuss. When I graduated from high school, I received the the book “Oh, the Places You’ll Go.” I really loved receiving this book. It took me back to my childhood, but the message was significant to me. What an encouragement to have people in my life who thought I’d actually soar to great heights. This is taking that idea to the next level. I have been really excited to bring you this idea. This idea is not my own, but I don’t remember the source because I heard of it a long time ago, but it stuck with me. I think I heard about it in a talk someone was giving, but I am not 100% sure. I definitely filed this away in my mental rolodex and have not forgotten that I really wanted to do it for my own kids. The concept is that you buy the book while your kids are younger. I am lucky to have been exposed to this idea early, so I was able to start with my oldest in kindergarten. You get your child’s teachers to sign the book with a message every year. By the time your child graduates from high school, they will have a treasure trove of encouragement and messages from the people who have poured into their lives and education. I’m getting teary eyed just writing about it. I am so excited. Are your children older? Don’t be discouraged! A friend of mine has a child in Jr. High, and after I told her about the idea she started this year. She was able to go back and find some of her daughter’s favorite teachers. However, if it starts in Jr. High or High School, it will still be very meaningful. If your children are older than school age, you’ll want to save this idea for your grandchildren. I excitedly anticipate the day I am able to present this gift to my children. I am going to do this for each one of them.
It’s amazing how the most significant gifts can cost so little. They just require some planning, anticipation and a whole lot of love involved. I ordered mine on Amazon:
Here is the sweet message Abby’s teacher wrote. I added “Kindergarten” after her name.
I can’t wait to see the places my kids go either. I anticipate good things. There’s no guarantee, but I’m prayerful and hopeful.
I wish I had seen this years ago. I have a grandson graduating this year. Too late for him, but got 3 more behind him.
Yup – Not too late for the other three. It’s pretty fun! Thanks for commenting.
Did you write inside the book as a “what this book is” ?
No, I didn’t. Good idea.
Teachers despise this tradition. One more report card to write at the end of the year!
I imagine for some that’s true, but hopefully many will be able to anticipate the beauty it is for the child in the end.