Lauren Blank has had a strong bond with her grandfather Ron Petrillo since she was born. He helped raise her from a young age, and they spent a lot of time together going to the zoo, flying kites, and simply hanging out. For her 16th birthday, grandpa Ron decided to finally give her the gift he had been working on and saving for years – a notebook filled with their adventures.


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From when Lauren was 2 years old to until she turned 5, her grandpa documented every single memory they shared. “The 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.” At first, when Lauren received the gift she was a little confused but when she started to read the notes inside… “I was completely in shock and couldn’t even cry at first,” Blank said. “Then I saw my whole family was crying and I realized this was a once-in-a-lifetime gift.”

Lauren shared this beautiful gesture with her Twitter followers, and now it has gone hugely viral with over 161k retweets and 601k likes.

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For Lauren’s 16th birthday, grandpa Ron finally gave her the gift he had been working on and saving for years

“The notebook is just filled with daily things that we did,” Blank said

“We went to the zoo a lot, and flew kites, and throughout the notebooks he gave me advice”

At first, when Lauren received the gift she was a little confused but when she started to read the notes inside…

“I was completely in shock and couldn’t even cry at first”

“Then I saw my whole family was crying and I realized this was a once-in-a-lifetime gift”

Lauren shared this beautiful gesture with her Twitter followers, and now it has gone hugely viral

Her post has over 161k retweets, 601k likes, and thousands of people are touched