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My daughter is barely 2 weeks old, and already the bond she has with her dad is so tight and solid that I find myself getting teary-eyed just watching them together. In other words, I completely understand the concept of a “daddy’s girl” (in a way that doesn’t make me want to roll my eyes). There’s something undeniably extraordinary that happens between fathers and their daughters, and for those of us who either experience it firsthand or watch it unfold before our very eyes, it’s incredibly heartwarming.
It’s also something Gwyneth Paltrow undoubtedly knows well, having been incredibly close to her own father, Bruce Paltrow, before he passed away in 2002. She was reminded of that bond — and the bond of “daddy’s girls” everywhere — on a recent flight, when a flight attendant left her a heartfelt note, written on a cocktail napkin. A note that in just a few words, let Paltrow know that she wasn’t alone.
“I was once a Daddy’s girl too,” it read. “Blessings.”
Paltrow shared a photo of the napkin note on Instagram Monday, along with a heartfelt caption of her own: “When a flight attendant you’ve never met kinda knows you better than anyone #daddysgirl.”
Does that not just melt your heart?
Paltrow’s father Bruce was a successful TV and film producer before he died of pneumonia in Rome, Italy, at the age of 58. His death was sudden, and with little warning — in fact, it happened while away on a family vacation, celebrating Gwyneth’s 30th birthday.
But despite the many years that have passed since her father’s death, his life still leaves quite a mark on the actress. In 2011, she published a cookbook called My Father’s Daughter; Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family & Togetherness, and penned a heartfelt introduction in which she shared: “I always feel closest to my father, who was the love of my life until his death in 2002.”
In 2016, Paltrow even credited the band Coldplay, whose frontman Chris Martin is her now ex-husband, with helping her get through her father’s death. She reportedly told SiriusXM that the song “Everything’s Not Lost” was played on repeat while she dealt with her grief.
The napkin note, which has struck a chord with Paltrow’s Instagram fans in the last 24 hours, is a heart-tugging reminder that random acts of kindness — even ones as small as a note scribbled on a cocktail napkin — can have deep and meaningful impacts.
Since the photo was first shared, it’s garnered over 48K likes and hundreds of comments, with many fans sharing what it means to be a “daddy’s girl” and then lose a father.
“This brought me to tears,” shared Instagram user ktmcg05Bless. “I lost my dad 8 months ago on Wednesday, and I’ll always be a daddy’s girl.”
“This is beautiful,” added jaxfromchelsea. “Losing a parent is the worst thing that could happen to us … much love to you all …”
“Saw the words of ‘fix you’ in this experience,” wrote irenemecI. “She fixed you in some way … so many kind people around
And from mommyhale@inesaiza: “This is absolutely true. My daddy made his heavenly entrance a little over 3 years ago and I still grieve of what could have been very often.”
Reaching out and acknowledging another person’s humanity, even through a small and humble gesture, can be monumental. And don’t we all need that once in a while?More On