Father and Daughter Enjoy Coffee Together. Then a Stranger’s Note Sends Him Scrambling to Post It Online.
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According to Rosenman’s Facebook, “Today, she made one additional request: ‘Daddy, can you not read the paper or doodle or check email today? Can we just be together?” I’m not trying to be melodramatic; that was her question. So today, we were together.'” Rosenman goes on to describe what the two did together when he wasn’t distracted by anything:
“She showed me her yarn project. I recalled the day she was born. We compared notes about whether or not couples at other tables were on ‘dates’ (she likes to impersonate people on dates – resting her smiling face on her hand and practicing a starry-eyed stare). She told me about her friends and their hamsters. I watched her chew her breakfast sandwich and melted a little bit as I thought about how much I love her. I wished it hadn’t taken her past experience and her courageous reaching out for me to give her the attention she so wanted and needed.”When Rosenman returned from paying their bill, he found an anonymous note on the table, which he in-turn shared on Facebook, that read, in part:
“I work at a school where many daughters don’t have fathers and those who do have never in their lives had him watch and listen, devote 100% of his attention to her for as long as you did on one Sunday morning. You have no idea what a gift you are giving to all the teachers who are responsible for educating her from now until she graduates.”Rosenman wrapped up his post with, “Please don’t wait for your child or other loved one to plead for your attention like mine did – he or she might not. Expect that no one will leave a note for you — such beauty in this world is far too rare. I invite you to share the gift of this experience with me: choose to be present today — even for just a little while — for someone you love. If you see it happen somewhere, consider leaving a note — it sure does leave an impression.” The post itself seems to have left an impression, as it’s been shared over by over 11,000 Facebook users as of press time.