Mom saves items from son’s pockets over the years, creates lamp full of childhood memories
Reddit user justgrant2009 posted images of "the best gift" he'd ever received: a lamp filled with things his mom found in his pockets over the years.
"Growing up, whenever I left something in my pockets and put them in the dirty laundry, before she would wash things, she checked my pockets, and if she found anything, she put it in a glass jar on the top shelf in the laundry room," justgrant2009 wrote online. "I remember as a kid, wishing soooo hard that I could get some of the items back, but it was forbidden to even go near the jar. By the time I was old enough to be sneaky about it and get into it, I had just learned to accept that that was how it worked and I wouldn't get those things back."
At his wedding rehearsal dinner in May, his mother presented him with lamp filled with the objects that told the story of his childhood, from sticks and marbles to Pogs, rubberbands, a Super Mario Land game, yo-yos and Laser Quest score cards.
The gift brought him to tears.
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justgrant2009 added, "Yes, she has sealed the top of the lamp to [the jar] so that I still CANNOT open it."
The touching wedding gift draws some obvious comparisons to Brenna Martin's graduation gift. The high-school grad's father gave her a copy of Dr. Seuss' "Oh, The Places You'll Go!" Its pages were filled with words of encouragement and reflection from teacher, coach and principal she had since starting school 13 years earlier.
"Yes the intended effect occurred...I burst into tears," she wrote online. "Sitting there reading through this book there are encouraging and sweet words from every teacher I love and remember through my years in this small town."