Last Friday my Pops celebrated his 60th birthday! I knew that I wanted to do something really special for my Pop's big birthday. I found this really great idea on Pinterest.
The idea was simple. Ask 60 people to share a memory they have with my Dad. In the end he would have 60 memories for 60 years. A nice reminder of how loved and appreciated he is.
Simple to explain, was not so simple to execute. My sisters were on board and with their help we put together a list of over 80 people. Then it was time to contact people.
I decided that the easiest way would be the old fashion snail mail. I made up a letter explaining what we were doing. I included a piece of stationery as well as a self-addressed stamp envelope. I did my best to make it as easy as possible for people to participate. All those letters were sent out in May. Then a reminder postcard was mailed out in June with a deadline of July 15th.
We had decided to give Pops his gift while on vacation at Bass Lake. Which meant that I had to have the book done before we left for vacation. With 2 weeks from the deadline I had only received half of the memories we needed. I lucked out because we had a family party that my parents were going to be late to so I hit up as many people as I could and gathered a ton of great memories. I also had my sisters emailing, calling and facebooking anyone else. (We had a shared google document that kept track of who returned a memory!)
During this time I loved getting the mail everyday. I was getting memories from high school friends of my Dad, old bandmates, his co-workers, and lots of family.
Of course on the last possible day the last memory I was waiting for got to me (Thanks Kelly!) and I was able to put the book together. I wanted this book to last so I laminated each page. It made the book big and heavy but well preserved!
Here is what we ended up with.
A big THANK YOU to everyone who sent us something!
We appreciate you taking the time to put down on paper a memory for our Dad.
Yes it was a lot of work.
Yes it was a lot of organization.
And yes it was totally worth it.........
Happy 60th Pops.