The end of the school year brings a lot of feelings, but none as much as the end of the last year of high school. For a parent, you can’t help but think about the millions of little things it’s taken to get your child to that moment…the hours and hours of homework…the countless reports…the thousands of packed lunches. For some parents, all of the “lasts” can really hit them in the feels. One dad decided to use his ritual of packing his daughter’s lunch to let her know in his special way that she was ready for graduation.
Meg Sullivan, an 18-year-old from Tacoma, Washington, lives with her dad, Tom. He’s been packing her school lunches since she was in Kindergarten. Every lunch since she was five has contained oranges that were peeled by Tom. Meg told BuzzFeed that her family started teasing them last year that Tom still peeled Meg’s oranges even though she was a teenager. The teasing apparently didn’t bother Tom, who kept right on with the orange peeling.
This week was Meg’s last day of high school, and in her lunch she found a special message from her dad. “When I got to school on my last day of high school, I pulled out my lunch and found two unpeeled oranges and a printout,” Sullivan said. “I thought it was just going to be a letter saying ‘Happy last day of school!’ or something, so when I opened it I couldn’t help but smile.”
It’s so damn cute.
Meg told BuzzFeed that she’s “his last kiddo leaving for college, and you can tell he’s really really sad about it. He has always gone above and beyond and is easily the cutest and most caring man I’ll ever know. It’s gonna break my heart to leave him for college, no doubt.” Aw Meg, you sound like an awesome kid.
Her tweet about her dad’s sweet gesture has gone massively viral, amassing over 100,000 retweets and almost half a million likes.
“I keep yelling downstairs to him how many likes we’re at, and he laughs about it,” Sullivan said. “He doesn’t really get Twitter, so yesterday when I told him I had 300 likes he was like, ‘Is that a lot?!'” Ah, the social media innocence of Olds.
Congratulations to Meg, and to her dad!
(Image: Twitter / @MegSullivan07)