Family tradition is a great thing, but it usually involves a recipe, or a vacation spot, or some dumb in-joke. Rarely does it involve creating a legacy that will live on in school yearbooks across generations. We've seen amusing Picture Day outfits before. We've even seen teachers who wore the same outfit to Picture Day for 40 years, but this is our first multi-generational yearbook project. 7-year-old Brady Gose from Indiana just got his yearbook photo taken for first grade, and in doing so joined a very elite club of Goses who have taken their first yearbook photos wearing the exact same sweater. Said Brady's father Chuck Gose, "It’s just sort of known as ‘the sweater.'" The same sweater he wore to picture day in first grade in 1982.
The story of the sweater dates back to Chuck's oldest uncle (which would be Brady's great uncle) in 1954, who wore it for the first time for a first grade yearbook photo. It must have gone well, because all the boys in that generation wore it to school, including Chuck's father, who passed it on to his sons. In addition to being a fun tradition, it allowed for the family to keep more than the memory of a sweater alive.
As Chuck told WRTV, "My father passed away in 1999 before I was married and had children, so for me, this is a chance for my dad to live on through this tradition. It's also a chance for Brady to learn more about the grandfather he never got to know. When I handed it to him, he naturally asked a lot of questions about his grandpa. The two of them are actually pretty similar."
Chuck hopes that as long as no evil fun-hating moths intervene, the sweater will pass to Brady's sons and down, uniting the tight-knit Goses for generations to come.