Terminally-Ill Father Writes Napkin Notes to His DaughterSerge Bielanko
Some stories just make us stop in our tracks, forget our chaotic daily life, and realize how great our lives really are.
This is one of those stories.
According to an article over at 22 Words, Garth Callaghan, 44, has been facing the fact that his body is slowly failing him for a while now. He only has about an 8% chance of living another five years. Due to recent bouts with both prostate and kidney cancer, Garth is virtually ensured that he won’t be able to be around when his daughter Emma graduates high school.
Think about that.
Now, take a good hard look at your own life.
Things aren’t too bad after all, huh?
Still, given the circumstances, Garth’s creative spirit and his fatherly pride are alive and well, thank you very much. See, for years now, long before he became ill, this dad has been writing little napkin notes to his Emma and putting them in her lunch. Then at school, in the middle of her busy day, his daughter always has a beautiful little message to read from her number one fellow.
And now, knowing that his time with his family is slipping away, Garth has committed himself to writing over 800 more napkin notes for Emma, so that she will never ever have a day of school between now and her graduation day when she doesn’t have one of those really cool messages from her dad to look forward to. He’s made certain that no matter what his fate may be, Emma will always have that one special message from her father at every lunch, no matter what.
The brief notes say things as varied and cool as inspirational quotes from Yoda (“Do or do not. There is no try.”) to personal anecdotes from Garth himself. They are short, but sweet. They are just napkins, but they’re kind of priceless. And it’s a token that will most certainly live on and on and on, even long after he may be gone from this world.
A tip of the hat then, to a dad named Garth.
I suspect we could all learn a thing or two about life from a gentleman like him.
Info: 22 Words