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c/o Jenny Hirt

 

Every family has its own wacky and wonderful traditions, but Colorado mother Jenny Hirt’s family’s just might take the cake. 

Today reports that since 1950, the women of her family have been passing down the same canary-yellow dress with purple trim for their daughters to wear on their first days of kindergarten. Cue the collective “Awwww…”

Hirt’s great-grandmother sewed the dress, her grandmother embroidered it, and over its nearly 70-year history, the frock has seen countless minor repairs and alterations, lived in seven statesand dressed 19 little ladies for kindergarten. (First, Hirt’s aunt in 1950, Hirt herself in 1981 and most recently, her two young daughters.)

“It is a way to carry on the memories of family members, try to instill pride of tradition in our kids and bind us together as a family,” she told The Huffington Post. “It’s a big deal to us.”

In today’s world of fastfastfast and newnewnew, this sweet and reverential tradition had us both misty-eyed and inspired. 

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