Graduation is always a time to be celebrated, whether it means the end of having a fixed schedule that dictates your movement by buzzer for the first quarter of your life, or if it means the end of accruing debt for any more semesters so you can start paying the ones you have off for the rest of your life. Friends and especially family are elated as well, especially your parents and if you're lucky enough to have them, grandparents. They've seen you from the very start, struggling with your ABCs all the way to panicking about SAT scores, learning the quadratic formula, and making sure your report sounded different enough from the wikipedia sources you've been citing throughout the whole thing.
Students across the country are graduating this summer, and all that hard work is worth it when you're rolling in the cash from family members. But for those who have lost someone, graduation can be a difficult reminder. Thankfully, Twitter user Kayla Buckmaster's grandmother thought 14 years ahead, and got her granddaughter a graduation gift when she was 4-years-old...
Most of the letter is illegible in the photo, but it reads in part:
"Dear Kayla, our beautiful red headed granddaughter."
"You were our second granddaughter born to our youngest son. You were so much fun. You always amazed us until you couldn't... like putting together... the U.S... you were... us where... lived... loved."
Buckmaster told FreshU that despite dying while she was young, she has fond memories of her grandmother:
"She made all my birthday cakes, took me everywhere she went, and was the best grandma ever. She had the kindest heart and was always willing to help anybody in need."
"She taught me so many things like every single state and their capital by the age of 3. Every holiday was spent by her side, but she unfortunately passed away from a brain tumor when I was four."
And the gift had been kept secret for over a decade.
"It was a total surprise. I got a text from my dad that said he had a present for me when I was at my grad night and the next morning, he came in my room and handed it to me and I had no clue what it was. I started crying, and it was super exciting and emotional."
And Twitter cried, too.
Don't spend it. You frame that.— arturo (@Art5034) May 28, 2017
This is an awesome idea.