He's Having Breakfast With His Daughter. Then THIS Anonymous Note Stopped Him In His Tracks
FaithTap Staff 12/3/2015
There's nothing more important than spending quality time with your child. After all, sometimes it's the little moments in life that have the greatest impact, and are what become the most memorable.
One father's story
David Rosenman is a very busy man indeed... Not only is he a Physician and Assistant Professor of Medicine, but he is also the father of two school-aged children.
One morning, his 9-year-old daughter asked him to take her to breakfast at a local coffee shop in their hometown of Rochester, MN. For David - it was the perfect opportunity to catch up on work. Just like times in the past, he would bring along a newspaper, notepad and pen, and of course his cell-phone. While his daughter would occupy herself with an activity, David would prepare for his week ahead (or sneak in some reading). This was going to be a Sunday no different than any other.
Her simple request
Although David's daughter had brought a little crocheting project to work on during their breakfast, she instead had another idea. She asked her father:
“Daddy, can you not read the paper or doodle or check email today? Can we just be together?”
Even though it wasn't what David had planned...that is exactly what the pair did. They talked about the day she was born, her friends and hamster, and played a game trying to determine who at the restaurant was on a date. He even took a moment to admire his daughter's yarn project. It was simple, but it was beautiful...
After their meal, David went up to the counter to purchase a snack to bring home to his son. When he returned, there was a note from a stranger over-turned on his place-setting. The message written upon it will be one that he will never forget...
He shared its meaning with others
David's experience that Sunday morning was very eye-opening to say the least. In just a short amount of time, the usually busy father had learned a valuable lesson that he will carry with him for the rest of his life. He SHOULD be spending quality time with his daughter. Not just sitting together...but actually listening, laughing, and enjoying every moment with her. The note David received confirmed the fact that time spent with a child, can have a major impact on their future.
David was so taken back by his realization, that he went to his Facebook page to share his thoughts. In his post, he told the story about his outing with his daughter, and also shared the note. In addition, he left these words of wisdom to his followers:
"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."
His words have spread
Since David made his Facebook post, it has been shared thousands of times. You can read the entire post below:
They will always remember
What a touching story this is... Hopefully, it stands as a reminder that sometimes it's the smallest moments in life that are the most important - especially when it comes to spending time with our children.