Jacob Strickling’s daughter had recently passed her driver’s test in Australia. So when Strickling told the teen that he had a surprise for her 16th birthday, she naturally thought she was getting a car. But then her father pulled back the tarpaulin – and revealed the real gift hidden underneath.
Turning 16 is of course a major milestone in any teen’s life. And while over the years the celebrations of these occasions have morphed into the sweet 16 parties we know today, traditionally the birthday was more significant for a girl. This was because it supposedly marked a female’s transition from girlhood to womanhood.