Bryan Martin is one very devoted dad, taking 13 years to compile a graduation gift that made his daughter Brenna feel like one in a million.
Diligently Bryan Martin sought out each of Brenna’ teachers, coaches and principals every year for 13 years, from kindergarten until her senior year in high school. He asked them to write an encouraging message to his daughter on the pages of the Dr. Seuss book, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”
When Brenna’s graduation from North Johnston High School finally arrived on June 8, Brenna Martin received her special gift. At first glance she was confused by her dad’s odd choice of a gift. He had to encourage her to open it and take a closer look. As she read the messages, the book had the intended impact. Brenna’s eyes were soon tearing up as she read the messages and comments from every teacher or coach she had known she was 5 years old.
When her dad told her he a gift for her graduation, she expected a corny card. Instead what she got was a labor of love that will be a lasting gift of sentimental value for years to come. Brenna was so moved by her father’s efforts and the kind and encouraging words scrawled across the pages that she tweeted about it on Twitter and shared some of the messages on her Reddit and Imgur.com pages.
As a result, her Imgur.com account has had over 10.8 views and it became one of the top stories on Reddit. Brenna is declining offers to be interviewed about her father’s special gift. She prefers to treasure it privately.