Sixty Years Of Memories

For my dad's 60th birthday last week, I wanted to do something really fun. My dad and I talk a lot about the past---nostalgia runs in our blood, I think---and we both love to reminisce. Inspired by Jordan Ferney's Postcard Birthday Poster, I started batting around an idea: what if I could get everyone from my dad's past to contribute a memory they had of him? What if I had all those people send their memories to me, and then I put each one into an envelope---sixty total, of course---and had him open them, one by one, on his birthday?

That would be a lot of memories, right?

So I wrote an email. I sent it to family, to friends, to aunties and uncles we'd grown up calling aunties and uncles even though they weren't related by blood. This is what I said:

Hello everyone!

If you're receiving this email, you probably know that our dad, Patrick Burns, is turning 60 next month (much as he would hate us to be reminding everyone, I'm sure.) To celebrate his birthday, we'd like to put together a little surprise to let him know that his nearest and dearest are thinking of him. We're going to try and create "60 Years of Memories" by filling 60 envelopes with a memory his friends and family have of him.

And this is where you come in!

If you have a spare moment in the next few days, we would be so grateful if you'd jot down a favorite memory you have of our dad and put it in the post. It doesn't have to be anything fancy -- you can just write it down on a piece of paper and sign your name. You can mention anything you like -- although the more nostalgic the better! Please absolutely feel free to send more than one memory (in fact, we welcome it -- we've got 60 envelopes to fill!), but make sure you write them on different pieces of paper (and sign your name to each) so we can split them up.

Thank you so, so, so much for participating -- we know everyone is busy with their own lives, and we do appreciate you taking a few minutes to do this; it will be so worth it when he reads all the memories people have of him! (Please don't forget to keep it a surprise until then, though!)

Thank you so much again.

--Holly, Tom, Luke, and Susie

(I also gave them my address, of course, though I've obviously left it out here. Not that I don't want to open the door and have you standing there wielding a steak knife, but it might be kind of awkward for both of us.)

So I sent the email and then I waited. And then the replies started coming in and I was flabbergasted. I was flabbergasted, Internet, and I do not use that word lightly. There were so many memories, and they were all so lovely. They came from the 50s, the 60s, the 70s, from every decade between now and the day my dad was born. They came from my mother, my siblings, my grandma, my dad's friends from high school, his sister, an old girlfriend, my mother's old boyfriend, my dad's first boss, a colleague at his first job, from people who remembered people no longer with us, from people who hadn't seen my dad in forty years, from people I hadn't even contacted originally but who had been told about the project by someone else. They typed them and handwrote them. They mailed them and emailed them. I collected them for two weeks, my heart pinging with excitement each time a new one arrived.

The night before his birthday, my sister and I stayed up late, putting everything together. I had some vintage airmail envelopes left over from my wedding—I found them on ebay a few years ago—and I bought a packet of numbered stickers at Michaels after a fraught half hour of anxious math, trying to decide how many we'd need. We numbered the envelopes from one to 60, then we tucked a different memory into each.

And then, on the morning of his birthday, after breakfast and presents and cake, we gave them to him. "Just one more thing for you," we said.

It took him a really, really, really long time to open them. Each one was a brief ticket to another time, a leap backwards over years and decades into the past. There was a lot of laughter, and---I don't think my dad will mind me telling you this---a few tears too.

There were also a couple of emerging themes:

a) My dad locks himself out a lot

b) My dad may have had a little too much to drink upon occasion during his rugby-playing years

c) My dad often has trouble remembering to bring his passport on international trips.

I'm thinking at least two of those three might have been related, what do you say?

In a way, I'm sort of sad that this project is over because it was a huge amount of fun to collect and collate all of these memories, many of them occuring years before I was even born. It gave me a different picture of my dad, one woven together by all the people from his past, all those people who---weirdly, peripherally, slowly, surely---put into action the sequence of events that led to my life as I know it.

Turns out, you can make a lot of memories in sixty years. And then, if you're lucky, you can relive them all over again.

 

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Emerson
Dec 02, 2011

This is awesome and had me in tears, so sweet! I'm 19 and I think I am going to do this for my grandma's 75th birthday this year!!

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Elizabeth
Dec 02, 2011

I am in love with this idea. My dad just received a heart transplant.....I can not think of a better way to celebrate his 1st Christmas with his new heart....than by reliving memories from all the times he had with his old one.
Thank you so much for posting this.

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Sarah
Dec 02, 2011

Wow, that is a beautiful gift!

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Melanie Hart
Dec 03, 2011

I just love this idea! I only hope someone does this for me in 2 years when I turn 60! God love ya for doing this for him!

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Beth T.
Dec 03, 2011

This is such a beautiful idea. I wanted to share a variation I did about a decade ago. When my sweetheart was beginning an extended business assignment far from home, right around the holidays, I asked our family and some close friends to send me notes with their wishes for him in the year ahead. So as the new year arrived, with him alone and on the other coast, he was able to read the warm and loving words of people who loved him and had bright hopes for the coming year.

I wish I had remembered to do something like this for his most recent milestone birthday. I believe I'll do it to surprise him next year. Thanks so much for sharing. This is my first visit here, but I'll be back.

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Hollis
Dec 03, 2011

This is such a great idea! My mom turns 60 this month and I hope you don't mind but I am going to use this idea for her birthday also! She is very sentimental and I know this is exactly the kind of thing she would appreciate. Thank you for sharing:)

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Ceit
Dec 03, 2011

I just read this blog entry - having been led here from another blog.

Wanted to share that I did something similar when my mom turned 90 last year, however I allowed myself 2 months since it was over the holidays and I knew some people would be away.

I used my mom's. Christmas card address book (noting that many names had been crossed out since they'd passed away) but out of 40town letters sent, about 35 replied. I'd be asked them to write, type, draw ir whatever on 8 1/2" x 11" paper and put all the entries in a scrapbook, with the childhood friends in the front. I also asked them to include any photos and some did.

I went to an arts and crafts store and bought different alphabets and stickers and9 decorated the cover and various pages.

Needless to say, my mom was overwhelmed. And I'm blessed that her mind is still good so she remembered everyone. Now when she gets nostalgic (my dad's been gone 19 years), she pulls out the book and remembers that lots of people care about her.

Thanks for sharing this!

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Elaine
Dec 03, 2011

I'm sure I can't possibly say anything that someone else hasn't already said... but this is such a wonderful, amazing idea that comments must be made! I'm definitely filing it away for future use!

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Ulla
Dec 04, 2011

What a great idea ;)

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Kimberly Barnett
Dec 04, 2011

Man, this brought back memories. I did something along the same lines for my parents 40th anniversary. I swiped my Mom's address book and wrote to all her friends asking for memories also. I got my neighbor to be in on the surprise and used his address as the return address (as I lived with my parents at the time) The things people sent were amazing. I got pictures, memories, and even ticket stubs from some function they were a part of. I put them all in a huge album and presented it to them at their surprise anniversary party. I know it meant a lot to them as they kept reading over it time and time again and just smiling. You are a good daughter to have done this. I know I'm glad I did. Thanks for the memories.

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Kimberly Barnett
Dec 04, 2011

Man, this brought back memories. I did something along the same lines for my parents 40th anniversary. I swiped my Mom's address book and wrote to all her friends asking for memories also. I got my neighbor to be in on the surprise and used his address as the return address (as I lived with my parents at the time) The things people sent were amazing. I got pictures, memories, and even ticket stubs from some function they were a part of. I put them all in a huge album and presented it to them at their surprise anniversary party. I know it meant a lot to them as they kept reading over it time and time again and just smiling. You are a good daughter to have done this. I know I'm glad I did. Thanks for the memories.

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Elyssia
Dec 04, 2011

My mother is turning 50 next month and has been extremely depressed. This is the most perfect idea...I cannot thank you enough for sharing this!

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Carol
Dec 05, 2011

LOVED your gift idea!!! and your presentation was very cool.

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Rose
Dec 05, 2011

I did a version of this for my parents' 25th wedding anniversary! I had friends and relatives write them letters and send pictures and I put them all together in a book.

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Leah
Dec 05, 2011

This is the most wonderful thing I've ever read. My mom turns 50 in April and I'm going to use your idea, I hope you don't mind. She will absolutely love this! wow

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Juana
Dec 06, 2011

Haha, I started crying...
Beautiful
And what a great idea!

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Jessica Letchford
Dec 07, 2011

I LOVE this! What a great idea - I will and remember this for some special person in the future!

Jessica

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Tifani
Dec 08, 2011

Absolutely beautiful! I teared up reading this post... I'm such a sap!

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Marii
Dec 08, 2011

Such a great idea!
I just wanted to ssay thanks!
Me and my sister are doing he same thing now for my mom's 50th birthday. by table is already full on some great stories and thoughts - many of those I never new about:D can't wait to give them to my mom this weekend!! thank you-thank you!

:)

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Marii Reimann
Dec 08, 2011

Such a great idea!
I just wanted to ssay thanks!
Me and my sister are doing he same thing now for my mom's 50th birthday. by table is already full on some great stories and thoughts - many of those I never new about!

can't wait to give them to my mom this weekend!! thank you-thank you!

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Alison
Dec 08, 2011

That is such an amazing thing you did! Oh how I bet he loved it. I'll have to remember to do something like that for someone special in my life for their birthday. :)

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Viview
Dec 08, 2011

It was a journal pasted with letters from her friends and family, illustrated by him, and it was so fun to read. She was very surprised by it.
http://www.adaptersshop.com

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Fresh and Foodie
Dec 09, 2011

So amazing. I came across this on Pintrest and am completely blown away.

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amber
Dec 12, 2011

What an amazing gift and one you will all treasure years and years to come. I love it!

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Stefani
Dec 15, 2011

What a very awesome project you did for your dad.

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Takeo
Dec 15, 2011

I found msleyf nodding my noggin all the way through.

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Donne Trieste
Dec 16, 2011

Great idea for a post.Thank you!

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Carissa
Dec 16, 2011

That was such a cute idea for your daddy. I'm glad he enjoyed & loved it.

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mai
Dec 17, 2011

wow!!! you are the best,what a superb idea! with this you just don't know how you touched peoples lives ... my mom is turning 62 this january 2012 and I was thinking of something unique to surprise her on her day and i was thinking if I could steal your idea, I just so love it... Hope its okay.Happy Holidays!

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Roland
Dec 17, 2011

It was a very nice thing you created for your father, I am going to do this for my wife but instead on Valentines day, each person will one thing they love about my wife or loved what my wife done to them during their life time with her.
I think you triggered a new wave idea many want to do similar thing as you did, good idea and hope whe your dad turns 70 he wil have 70 new ones to read... :) Peace

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Sally
Dec 20, 2011

What a beautiful idea!

My sister & I did a similar thing for our parent's 40th wedding anniversary. We contacted people from their past and present and asked them to send through a memory that they had of our parents.

We also scanned hundreds of photos of them from when the met through having us as kids, then their grandkids arriving and everything inbetween. We collated it all, including photos of the friends and family who had sent through stories, and made a photobook.

We also left some blank pages at the end to include photos of the anniversary party. They absolutely loved it and still cherish it very much.

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Sally
Dec 20, 2011

What a beautiful idea!

My sister & I did a similar thing for our parent's 40th wedding anniversary. We contacted people from their past and present and asked them to send through a memory that they had of our parents.

We also scanned hundreds of photos of them from when the met through having us as kids, then their grandkids arriving and everything inbetween. We collated it all, including photos of the friends and family who had sent through stories, and made a photobook.

We also left some blank pages at the end to include photos of the anniversary party. They absolutely loved it and still cherish it very much.

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riechan
Dec 21, 2011

Hi! I love that idea!!!
There's someone on craftster.org who has done this with pages and pictures. I want to do this too for my mum who will be turning 55 this year. Thanks for the idea!

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Brandi
Dec 22, 2011

I just did this for my dad! Only he's known to lose things and so I gave them to him in a labeled photo box, along with pictures upon pictures from his childhood to now! I can't wait to give it to him tonight, thank you for the BEAUTIFUL idea. :)

Here's what mine looks like!
http://instagr.am/p/aUiiC/
http://instagr.am/p/auYGu/

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Julie
Dec 25, 2011

Oh dear this made me cry, how absolutely lovely.

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Susanne
Dec 26, 2011

Cool idea, thanks for sharing this. :-)

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Marcia Ratliff
Dec 28, 2011

What an awesome idea. My dad just passed away this past March. As I was reading this, I thought it'd be a good way for us to remember our dad and see him through other's eyes. So, if you don't mind, I'd love to do this idea and present it to my family on Father's day. Thanks so much for sharing!!!!!!!

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Kirstie
Dec 29, 2011

To echo the others...what a fantastically special idea! I'm really thinking about copying. Both of my parents turned 60 last year, so maybe I'll do it this year even though I missed the "milestone" decade birthday. Thank you for sharing, I'm so glad I found this blog!

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Annie
Dec 30, 2011

How lovely!!! I'm already planning to do this for my mom, now! Thanks for sharing!

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jujub
Dec 30, 2011

I did something similar for my Dad's 70th birthday. I had people send a birthday card with a memory &/or pictures & planned on putting them in a photo album. Much to my surprise I FILLED TWO HUGE photo albums! He absolutely LOVED them!!! He even got a card from an elementary teacher along with a memory. He claimed the memory was of his younger brother though. :-) Pictures & stories of WWII army buddies. The word seemed to just spread of what I was doing!! Anyone that gets a chance to do this for a loved one.....You'll learn a LOT! :-) It was probably as much fun for me as it was for him! He absolutely LOVED it!!! Read it repeatedly

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Stacy
Jan 01, 2012

Found this amazing idea through Pinterest! My mom's 60th birthday is 364 days from now and I'm so very happy that I found you!!!!

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Ashley
Jan 03, 2012

This is such a beautiful idea. I also found your site via Pinterest and I've been inspired to do this for my Mom's birthday. Thank you so much, your post brought tears to my eyes.

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jeanne
Jan 04, 2012

love this idea !!
little story...my mom had a serious brain tumor...against very slim odds, survived the surgery (on her birthday week)and things were looking great ! for her next birthday - a year later we had a party to celebrate her still being in our lives. i sent all her friends, old and new..a page to fill out: how would your live have been different had you not met grace (our mom)...everyone complied..the stories were fantastic..from 'wouldnt have met my husband, to wouldnt have learned to make jello'..again some old, some new...and i put them in book.....this was 20 years ago...my mom is still here !! (brings tears to my eyes, just telling you)...and she reads this book again each year !! anyway.....fantastic idea !! (great minds think alike !)

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Mary Susan McConnell
Jan 04, 2012

Just found this via pinterest. What a great idea and a beautiful tribue!!!

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Danielle
Jan 06, 2012

What a WONDERFUL gift! I'm sitting here thinking that I could do that exact same thing for my mom! (She has 6 brothers and sisters, and nieces and nephews numbering in the double digits so I think I could get a lot of responses...and her 60th is next year!) It sounds absolutely wonderful...thanks for sharing the idea!!

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Lu Purcel
Jan 06, 2012

This is AWESOME! I am saving this link for future ideas. Thanks.
Lu

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Pam Crenwelge
Jan 08, 2012

this is such an awesome idea! I hope you don't mind me "stealing" it for my Mom's 75th birthday coming up this summer!

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Pam Crenwelge
Jan 08, 2012

this is such an awesome idea! I hope you don't mind me "stealing" it for my Mom's 75th birthday coming up this summer!

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chelsea
Jan 08, 2012

Such a great idea!

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Nan
Jan 09, 2012

In 1991, for my parent's 50th anniversary, I composed a poem about their life together and their nineteen plus moves. Sent snail mail, I asked for photos, memories, stories, and laughs from all of the folks I knew and from those in their address book (that I copied when they were asleep!). Around the anniversary, letters started to arrive at their home from all over the world, and they thought it was a wonderful coincidence! They laughed and cried, and read of things they didn't even remember! I created a special album, and when I went for their anniversary, I took the album for the 'gifts' of memories, and a framed copy of the poem to explain how the shower of mail came to be. They enjoyed going through the album together each anniversary up to #63. Now that my Mom is gone, my Dad still enjoys looking in the book on occasion. He is 93, but feels the 63+ years with Mom were the best!

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sabrina
Jan 09, 2012

I know this is a late post, but I loved this idea so much. My mom did something similar for me on my 18th birthday. I have a scrap book of memories from my family, including a handwritten one from my grandparents. It was by far the best gift i've ever gotten and i always wondered if i could do the same for someone else. You have inspired me. Thank you for your story.

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Tracy
Jan 09, 2012

This is an amazing idea - I am stealing it and using it for my father's 80th.

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Meliha
Jan 09, 2012

Great idea, I love it! This is so sweet...

--Meliha

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Amy
Jan 10, 2012

We did this for my mom's 70th Birthday (13 years ago)...and had great success with it! We laminated all the memories and then put them in a notebook with a pretty cover. :)

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Amy
Jan 10, 2012

We did this for my mom's 70th Birthday (13 years ago)...and had great success with it! We laminated all the memories and then put them in a notebook with a pretty cover. :)

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Marie Young
Jan 10, 2012

Amazing! I am going to try this.... I can only image how much you moved his heart...

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Jeannine
Jan 10, 2012

This is FABULOUS! My parents are about to celebrate 50 years together and I've been looking for ideas to help them celebrate. What a brilliant idea!! Thanks for sharing.

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Jeannine
Jan 10, 2012

This is FABULOUS! My parents are about to celebrate 50 years together and I've been looking for ideas to help them celebrate. What a brilliant idea!! Thanks for sharing.

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sara
Jan 10, 2012

This was so unbelievably thoughtful of you. I got a lump in my throat just reading it, wishing I had been so thoughtful to do this for my dad before he died. We were both nostalgic, loving all things and memories of the past. My dad kept EVERYTHING and remembered even more. Unfortunately, my dad's life was cut short due to colon cancer. He had just turned 63. You are very sweet.

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sara
Jan 10, 2012

This was so unbelievably thoughtful of you. I got a lump in my throat just reading it, wishing I had been so thoughtful to do this for my dad before he died. We were both nostalgic, loving all things and memories of the past. My dad kept EVERYTHING and remembered even more. Unfortunately, my dad's life was cut short due to colon cancer. He had just turned 63. You are very sweet.

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Sara B
Jan 10, 2012

This was so unbelievably thoughtful of you. I got a lump in my throat just reading it, wishing I had been so thoughtful to do this for my dad before he died. We were both nostalgic, loving all things and memories of the past. My dad kept EVERYTHING and remembered even more. Unfortunately, my dad's life was cut short due to colon cancer. He had just turned 63. You are very sweet.

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Diana
Jan 10, 2012

Absolutely wonderful idea!! I just read this and got teary eyed! I LOVE this idea and can't wait to do this for a loved one! What a great moment for your dad to read through all of those memories!! <3

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Vera
Jan 11, 2012

Ohw my this is so wondefull and amazing. What a fantastic idea. Really, really great.

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Kate
Jan 11, 2012

What a very cool idea........What is it they say about "The best things in life?" WOW! Thanks for sharing.

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Lariana
Jan 11, 2012

Oh my gosh! Wow! Thank you so much for sharing this. This is an amazing idea, I hope I can do something like this for my own dad. Hehe your dads reactions in the photos are so awesome :D

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Janna
Jan 12, 2012

That is such a neat and thoughtful idea!

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jennifer
Jan 12, 2012

I originally found this idea on Pinterest & filed it away.. My Mom turns 60 this June & I'm currently working on this as a SURPRISE present for her.. I still need a dozen more people & have sent out tons of e-mails, private Facebook messages, etc..

However I am putting my own spin on it but am crediting you for the genius idea. Instead of using envelopes I'm putting the 60 letters or "memories" in a book. I'm debatting about whether or not to slip them into an envelope so they can it can be more of an element of surprise or whether to actually lay them flat in the book. I'm also including photos..

Thank you for such an inspirational idea that I'm sure my mom will cherish for many years, just like your Dad does I'm sure..

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Christy
Jan 13, 2012

Thank you for sharing this. It is so wonderful. Such a great idea. I believe I am going to do this for my grandmother in March when she turns 71. She has gone through so much over the past year (finding out she has breast cancer, then finding out her sister has breast cancer also, breaking her leg, a double masectomy, losing my dad (suddenly and was only 46), going through chemo and radiation). So I believe getting something like this will make her smile/happy. Thank you!!

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bbrunophotography
Jan 13, 2012

I found your wonderful post on Stumble and it melted my heart! My mom passed away in 2004 and my dad in 2006. I would LOVE to have done this for either of them! You are a great daughter. I've posted your link on my FB page because I think it's not only heartwarming, it's an idea that would make such a difference in so many lives. Thanks for posting it!

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bbrunophotography
Jan 13, 2012

What a beautiful idea! Your dad will always remember it, and I bet it blessed so many people who took part in honoring him. It beats any store-bought gift any day!

You're a wonderful daughter. I'm so glad you posted this. (Found you on Stumble, btw.)

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Linda Moore
Jan 13, 2012

What a very beautiful idea. I shed a few tears thinking about all the memories that would have been shared about my mother. I'm saving the idea for my mother-in-law's 75th birthday.

Thank you so much for sharing this idea.

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Leigh
Jan 14, 2012

I'm crying while reading this! My dad turns 84 this year and I would love to do this! For his 80th, I threw him a surprise party and brought in 75 of his closest friends and family (even his fishing buddies when I was a child)! A friend of mine created a really neat video from pictures I had of him from childhood through becoming a "paw paw" and beyond. It was so emotional watching him tear up seeing grandkids, laugh at funny pictures and remember fondly those he lost. Thanks for bringing this all back to me! LOVE LOVE LOVE your idea!

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Tatum
Jan 14, 2012

I think that is the sweetest idea I've ever heard!

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Samantha
Jan 15, 2012

I saw this idea of Pintrest a few weeks ago. My grandmother is turning 70 next month and I am borrowing this idea for "70 years of memories". This is such a great idea. i just got done sending an email out to friends and family!

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Vanessa
Jan 16, 2012

What an incredible sweet present! You know your Dad LOVED every moment of opening and reading those memories. You couldn't have thought of anything better for him and I don't even know the guy! I can just imagine how I would feel. What a great idea! Thank you for sharing!

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Kathy
Jan 16, 2012

Wow!!!! This made me cry. What a wonderful idea! My husband will be turning 50 in August and I plan to do this for him. Thank you for sharing.

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Kathy
Jan 16, 2012

Wow!!!! This made me cry. What a wonderful idea! My husband will be turning 50 in August and I plan to do this for him. Thank you for sharing.

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Allie
Jan 16, 2012

I just found this via pinterest and it is such a lovely idea for a birthday gift. Thank you so much for sharing!

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Donne Milano
Jan 17, 2012

an absolutley lovely ideea... you made me cry just by reading this... your father shoud be proud of you...Congrats!!!

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Janelle
Jan 18, 2012

What a wonderful idea -- definitely one to file away. Like many others, I'm here from Pinterest. I've read all the comments and not found one other person who asked the question I have, which is a little neurotic. I'm guessing you didn't end up with EXACTLY 60 memories. Did you double up in the envelopes if people sent multiple memories? Did you get memories from more than 60 people? Did you give him 60 envelopes and then give the rest separately later? How did you work that math out?

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Diana
Jan 19, 2012

Lovely! My family did something similar for my grandparents' 60th wedding anniversary. We all worked together to write up 365 memories of them, so they could open a new one every day for the next year. We put each one on colorful paper the size of a business card, and gave them a nice binder with those plastic business card sleeves where they could store them after they'd read them. We all got to hear or re-hear precious memories, and were often moved to tears.

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jj
Jan 20, 2012

my sister saw this post.. our dad turned 60 in december so we decided to do this for him as well. thank you for sharing your idea-- he absolutely loved it!!

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Lee Gardy
Jan 21, 2012

How thoughtful your idea is.My dads 82 and alot of his old friends and workmates are gone.It's so nice you can sit and watch your dad read these letters, too.Good job my friend.My brother has MS...this would be awesome for him to brighten his spirits.Thanks so much.

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Bethany
Jan 21, 2012

I just found this through Pinterest, and I had to let you know how much I love it! I wish I had seen this/thought of something like this for my grandfather's 80 birthday last year. It's never too late :) 81 memories would be pretty great, too!

Thank you!

♥ Bethany

www.happyhomemaker.me

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Lynne Clark
Jan 21, 2012

My Mom turns 80 this year, and I am totally doing this for her!
Unfortunately, many of the memories died with the people she loved. Her Mom died when my Mom was in her teens. Her dad is gone, as is her husband, and a favorite aunt and uncle. But, I bet that I can still find plenty of great memories!
Thank you so much for this amazing idea!

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gameshowhost
Jan 22, 2012

That's fantastic - well done, Nothing But Bonfires!

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nicole
Jan 22, 2012

I stumbled upon your post this morning as I was taking a break from doing housework, and now I am writing this all teary eyed. What a beautiful and unique gift. There is more love packed into those envelopes than anything money could ever buy.So I just wanted to give a big thanks for putting a smile on my face this morning, and giving me a great idea for my mother's 50th.

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Katharina
Jan 23, 2012

We are preparing it for the 70th birthday
of my mother in law.

Just one more week until the birthday …
and we have already 78 letters.
So some families have to be toghether
in one letter.

But It was great to recive nice handwritten letters
in the mail – instead of just getting bills.

It really was emotional to get all the letters,
they also had little notes for us …
One of the actually composed a birthdaysong
and another good friend died within this time.

It will be such a big present -
thank you for this great idea!

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Marie
Jan 26, 2012

I'm sitting here smiling :) This is such a nice story. It was really a thoughtful gift. The photographs really captured his expression. Very priceless!

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Marie
Jan 26, 2012

I love the expression on his face while he is reading the letters.

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