ROCHESTER, Minn. – A father says he received a touching, anonymous note after he took his young daughter to breakfast.
David Rosenman says his breakfast outing with his 9-year-old daughter started out just like any other.
She brought with her a little crocheting activity; I brought the newspaper, a notebook & pen, and my phone. This was going to be an outing not unlike others we’d had before: while sitting at the same table, we’d do our own things — she’d keep herself occupied with something, and I’d catch-up on emails, organize my week, get work done, etc.
But this time, his daughter asked that he put down his newspaper and stop reading his e-mails so they could “just be together.”
Rosenman agreed and gave his daughter his full attention.
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 the father returned to the table after paying for their meal, he found a note, left face-down.
My daughter told me that a woman, before leaving the coffee shop, had asked her if I was her father and said that the message was for me. I looked around (nobody was there) and flipped over the paper to find the words below.
The anonymous note read:
I work at a school where many daughters don’t have fathers & those who do have never in their lives had him watch & 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 said that the note was further reinforcement for him and he hopes others will be moved by it as well.
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.
Rosenman shared a picture of the note on his Facebook page and received an overwhelming positive response.
His post has been shared more than 9,500 times.