Dad Ends A Lunch Tradition For His Daughter With Bittersweet Message About Peeling Oranges

And the internet is responding with tons of crying GIFs.

We all have to grow up eventually and learn to do all the things our parents did for us for ourselves. For 18-year-old Meg Sullivan, that time has come — and her dad marked the moment with a sweet send-off note. 

Meg's dad, Tom Sullivan, has been making her school lunches since she was a little girl in kindergarten. He'd even peel her oranges for her so that they were ready to eat as soon as she wanted them. 

On her last day of high school, Tom thought he should do something a little different to mark the end of his lunch-making, orange-peeling tradition. He sent her to school with two unpeeled oranges and directions from wikiHow on how to peel them herself. "It's time baby girl," he wrote on the printout, along with a crying face. 



The playful gesture was funny, but it was also bittersweet. While Meg can, of course, make her own lunches and peel fruit herself, the note was a reminder that she's entering a new chapter in her life where she'll have to depend less on her parents and more on herself. "It represents all of the things she's going to need to be doing on her own," Tom told Today

Meg will soon be leaving her home in Tacoma, Wash., to attend Grand Canyon University in Phoenix. She'll be sad to leave her dad — who she's mostly lived with following her parents' divorce — behind and it'll be hard for him to see her go. 

"I'm his last kiddo leaving for college this year, and you can tell he's really, really sad about it," Meg told BuzzFeed. "He has always gone above and beyond and is easily the cutest and most caring man I'll ever know. It's gonna break my heart to leave him for college, no doubt."

Meg shared photos of her father's note on Twitter, where it went viral. Her tweet has been shared more than 109,000 times and liked nearly 500,000 in just a few days. People are responding with tons of ugly-crying GIFs and kind messages about Tom's loving gesture.



People online will soon move on to ugly-crying about something else on social media, but we have a feeling Meg will remember her dad's sweet gesture for years to come. 

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