We Gave Her Paper For Her Birthday

The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet. -Aristotle

Going to school after high school is expensive. It doesn’t matter if it’s a course or a trade, community college, or university – it’s going to cost you. I was lucky enough to be given the gift of an RESP that my parents had started paying into when I was just little. It didn’t pay for my entire degree, but it helped so much. Because of my parents, their values, and their planning and hopes for me – I went to university and became a nurse. I’m one of the lucky ones.

So, for our daughter’s first birthday, we gave her a piece of paper.


She had her birthday party early in December, and of course there were balloons, gifts, and cake. We wrapped her up a few things; a blanket, a couple toys, some clothes. But in terms of something like a ‘big gift’, we didn’t go that route.

On the actual date of her birthday, we gave her a piece of paper in a frame. For those who can’t translate the French, it says

Certificate of Savings
Presented to:
Emily Michelle Bouchard
With hope for education in the future.

The amount of money we’re setting aside each month doesn’t seem like much right now, and it won’t pay for her to go to med school. Heck, by the time she’s 18 it might not even be one year of her undergrad. But it’s a start and I want her to always know that getting an education is an option for her. That we will help her be whatever she wants to be.

She can be whatever she wants to be.


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