KELLER, Texas - A grandfather’s gift to his granddaughter on her 16th birthday is melting hearts across the country.
Lauren Blank and her grandfather have always had a special bond.
“He has been there for me and has been one of the most influential people in my life,” she told BuzzFeed News.
Blank celebrated her 16th birthday on Wednesday. Her grandfather decided the time was right to share a special gift with her: three notebooks filled with her grandfather’s writing, documenting all the time they spent together from the time Blank was 2 until she was 5.
He documented every encounter the two had together.
“(Each) notebook is just filled with daily things that we did,” Blank told Buzzfeed. “We went to the zoo a lot, and flew kites, and throughout the notebooks he gave me advice.”
today for my birthday, my grandpa gave me 3 books filled w stories of each time he hung out w me from the age of 2 to 5. I am speechless. pic.twitter.com/fyeOUV1K2J— ren (@renblankk) March 23, 2017
Blank’s grandfather had considered asking her mother to give her the notebooks after he died.
“He waited so long to give it to me because he just wanted me to understand and appreciate the moments that we had together when I was little,” Blank said.
Blank said she and other family members cried when she received the gift.
“I truly don’t think that I will ever have a gift that is greater than this,” she said.
Blank’s tweet with images of the notebooks have garnered more than 500,000 likes.
People have responded to the post saying they want to get closer to their grandparents or hope to do a similar project for their future grandchildren.
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