When David Rosenman went to a coffeeshop with his 9-year-old daughter, he thought it was going to be an outing like any other. He brought his newspaper, pen and paper, and phone, and she brought her materials to crochet. They would sit there, doing their own activities, enjoying the morning.
But then Rosenman's daughter made one simple, yet unexpected, request: "Daddy, can you not read the paper or doodle or check email today? Can we just be together?"
Rosenman describes the whole event in a Facebook post, writing that the two spent the rest of their time talking and learning about each other.
"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."
Rosenman notes that while he's thankful his child had the courage to say something, he recognizes that she easily could have remained silent — like so many children do. In his Facebook post he writes: "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."
Sadly, many parents compromise quality time with their kids by bringing something like a phone or a laptop to an outing, so, these days, when a parent spends true quality time with their child, it's noticeable.
That's why a stranger left Rosenman an anonymous note while he was getting coffee.
See the note, and Rosenman's story below:
The anonymous note, written by a teacher, reads:
"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 and 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."
The note is pretty special, and the kind words are important for all parents to hear. To this point, Rosenman ends his Facebook post by inviting parents to "share the gift of this experience" with him, and to "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."
(H/T: The Huffington Post)