How a dad's adorable lunch box note pushed his daughter into adulthood

Danny Woods
June 4, 2017

While the gesture was playful - Sullivan knows his daughter is perfectly capable of making a lunch and even peeling her own citrus - it was also a bittersweet reminder that she will have to do more for herself when she heads to college in a few months.

"He ignored us and kept peeling them, and then yesterday when I got to school on my last day of high school, I pulled out my lunch and found two unpeeled oranges and a printout", Meg said.

He said the note was done in jest, but it signaled a transition to adulthood for his 18-year-old daughter.

Since she was in kindergarten, Meg Sullivan's father has peeled oranges for his daughter's lunch. "I'm going to have to peel my own oranges-I'll have to be on my own".

Meg Sullivan thought it was hilarious.

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She's attending Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona, in the fall and plans to study criminal justice.

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Every day Tom Sullivan would pack peeled oranges with his daughter's school lunches.

"I just feel really lucky to have a parent whose made my lunch for me and gone out of his way", she said.

"I've been thinking for a while about how different life is going to be and I started to realize I'm nearly done making lunches", Tom Sullivan said.

"I'm his last kiddo leaving for college this year, and you can tell he's really really sad about it", she said to BuzzFeed. Those lunches included oranges.

Tom said Meg is a huge part of his life, and he'll miss her terribly. "She's extremely smart and she's talented and she's driven".

Sullivan and her dad are incredibly close, to the point where he traveled to every one of her softball games this past spring.

TODAY.com contributor Lisa A. Flam is a news and lifestyles reporter in NY.

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