By Boot Girl Myra
When I returned from living in a third world country at the age of 19, I made it my mission to encourage parents to give their kids a graduation gift that would be life-changing. The experience of living someplace other than America where everything is at your fingertips can do something for you. It’s that intangible “something” that helps to shape future endeavors. In this economy though, it’s hard to encourage parents to send their child abroad for the purpose of understanding the value of what they have at home. It seemed there could be a more practical and handy way to get the point across without having to spend 5 Grand to do it.
Last summer after reading the book Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell, I was relieved to find a terrific solution to my otherwise expensive parenting recommendation. With very little investment the eye-opening story gives a graduate something to ponder as they decide the course of their future. At the very least, it presents some of the realities of what commitment to country and patriotism is all about and that they are recipients of the benefits even if they don’t participate in preserving them. There’s something to be said about taking a step back and considering what it cost others to preserve our rights. Perhaps in reading the book, more Americans would come to appreciate the value of these sacrifices.
The National Retail Foundation reported in 2009 the average person spent $45 on a graduation gift. Oh YAY! That means for the price of sending one gift to one student, one could give two students the Lone Survivor book and stay within budget of ONE! I would venture to guess though, that most parents spend more than $150 on their kids topped off with a graduation party where they receive the average $45 gifts from those who attend.
So, think about it. For $150 you can give the gift of appreciation in the form of signature combat military boots from the Boot Campaign, with a copy of the book Lone Survivor! It’s the perfect combination for a graduate! Most people’s lives are changed after reading the book, and putting boots on became a popular response. If that book was life-changing for some beautiful and sassy ladies known as the Boot Girls, imagine what it could do for a graduate! The best part is giving a gift of boots provides assistance to wounded warriors who stood in harm’s way to protect our freedom to experience some pomp and circumstance this spring.