Chastity Patterson’s father passed away in 2015. He was her rock: He never missed a school dance, prom, or sports game, and she would always need his approval on her boyfriends. So, when he passed away, she missed him greatly. She missed having the opportunity to send him a text message.
So, she decided to keep texting him. Every day since his death, she has sent a text message to her dad’s cell phone number. She provided an update on her life—just like she would if he was still alive. However, in October 2019, Patterson was surprised when she unexpectedly received a response. She shared the story in a now-viral social media post.
A Heartfelt Update
On October 25, 2019, Patterson decided to send a longer text message than normal. It was the eve of the four-year anniversary of her father’s death, so she sent him a lengthy update on her life. It was hard for her to send, but she knew her father was somehow listening to her.
Patterson wrote: “Hey Dad, it’s ME. Tomorrow is going to be a tough day again! It’s been four years since I lost you and not a day goes by that I don’t miss you.” She explained that she recently beat cancer. She graduated from college and she’s even working towards earning another degree.
She added, “I fell in love and had my heart broken (you would have killed him), but I picked my head up and became an even stronger woman. I lost all my friends and hit rock bottom, but I found someone who came into my life and saved me!”
Patterson shared that she is now happy and doing great. She doesn’t have any regrets in life. She concluded the message: “I just wanted to say I love you and I really do miss you!” Cue the tears.
A Surprise Response
Imagine the surprise Patterson felt when she received a response after her heartfelt text message. She knew it wasn’t from her father, but she was still surprised. The message read: “Hi, sweetheart. I am not your father, but I have been getting all your messages for the past four years. I look forward to your morning messages and your nightly updates.”
A man named Brad was actually receiving Patterson’s sweet messages. He shared that his daughter died in a 2014 car crash and that Patterson’s text messages had kept him alive. He found comfort in her daily updates—knowing that they are a message from God.
“You are an extraordinary woman and I wish my daughter would have become the woman you are. Thank you for your everyday updates. You remind me that there is a God and it wasn’t his fault that my little girl is gone. He gave me you, my little angel,” Brad remarked. He added, “I’m sorry you have to go through this, but if it makes it any better, I am very proud of you!”
Stories like this are meant to go viral. Patterson shared the text messages in a Facebook post, which has since been shared over 311,000 times and has received 182,000 likes and 23,000 comments. Of course, Facebook users commented on the sweet story.
Gali Jennewein reflected, “Your story touched the whole world! Your dad is very proud of you! Good luck to you and continue to strive! You are exceptionally special!” Benjie Loanzon added, “I had goosebumps while reading your post. God is good all the time.” Finally, Mike Corkran said, “Don’t ever stop writing those texts. It seems your need to communicate and help you get by has, in turn, assisted yet another.”
Patterson was surprised her social media post went viral, but she hopes it reminds everyone to love the people you have now. She commented, “Tell them everything, because when they are gone, it will be too late to say sorry or how you really feel.”
That’s good and all, but everyone has an important question: Will Patterson and Brad ever meet? Let’s hope so!
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