A 23-year-old woman in Arkansas lost her father four years ago, but she continued to text his phone every day to update him about her life. She never got a response from the number, until last week. Chastity Patterson texted her father’s number on Thursday, the night before the fourth anniversary of his death: “Hey Dad it’s ME. Tomorrow is going to be a tough day again!”
… In her texts, Patterson recapped all of the highs and lows she had gone through over the past four years without her father by her side. She talked about how she beat cancer and has been taking better care of herself like she promised her father she would. She talked about how she finished college and graduated with honors and how she’d fallen in love and had her heart broken.
… This week, Patterson received a response from a man who had been receiving her daily messages these past four years. He wrote: “My name is Brad and I lost my daughter in a car wreck August 2014 and your messages have kept me alive. When you text me, I know it’s a message from God. I have listened to you for years and I have watched you grow more than anyone. I have wanted to text you back for years, but I didn’t want to break your heart.” He said he wished his daughter would have become the woman Patterson is. He also wrote: “I’m sorry you have to go through this but if it makes it any better, I am very proud of you! P.S. I think your father would be happy to know you bought another dog instead of having children.”