A woman who lost her father four years ago, kept texting him to update him about her life, until she got a surprise reply recently.
The 23-year-old Arkansas woman is Chastity Patterson of Newport, whose dad had died four years ago. But she messaged the number to update him about her life.
It was the night before the fourth anniversary of her dad’s death when she texted him, “Hey Dad it’s ME,” she said. “Tomorrow is going to be a tough day again!”
She shared her heart in the texts, talking about her highs and lows she had gone through over the past four years without him by her side. She told him how she beat cancer and was taking care of herself the way she had promised her father she would. She also told him how she finished college and graduated with honors and how she fell in love and had her heart broken, “(you would have killed him),” she told her father.
She wrote in her latest text, “I’m sorry I wasn’t there when you needed me the most, but one day we will [sic] our chance to watch that game!”
In a surprise turn of events, she got a reply from the man who had been receiving her daily texts for the last four years.
His text read, “My name is Brad and I lost my daughter in a car wreck August 2014 and your messages have kept me alive,” it said. “When you text me, I know it’s a message from God.” It continued, “I have listened to you for years and I have watched you grow more than anyone,” Brad said. “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 been like Patterson. “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.”
Patterson shared it on Facebook. “Today was my sign that everything is okay and I can let him rest!” It has since gone viral.
I text my dad everyday to let him know how my day goes, for the past Four years! Today was my sign that everything is okay and I can let him rest! ❤️ Jason Ligons
Patterson later revealed Jason Ligons, was not her biological father, but she called him dad. “Jason was not my ‘biological’ father, but blood could not make him any closer!” she said. She added, “He never missed a school dance, prom, my games and YES he would give me long talks about my mouth and attitude. I had to introduce my boyfriends to him (If I was allowed to date) and he would act like a normal dad and give us the long talk,” Patterson said.
“I shared my messages for my friends and family to see that there is a God and it might take 4 years, but he shows up right on time!” she added.