Chastity Patterson, a 23-year-old woman from Newport, Arkansas, has been texting her late father every day for the past four years since he died in 2014.
This week, Patterson finally got a response (see below). She called it a “sign that everything is okay and I can let him rest.”
During the past four years, Chastity has overcome cancer, graduated from college with honors, fell in love, and had her heartbroken. And she told her dad all about these life milestones in daily text messages.
On October 24 (the night before the fourth anniversary of his death), Chastity texted: “Hey Dad it’s me. ? Tomorrow is going to be a tough day again! It’s been 4 years since I lost you, and not a day goes by that I don’t miss you.”
Patterson was stunned when she got a response. The reply came from a man named Brad who had been receiving her texts for the past four years. Brad said Chastity’s daily text messages kept him alive during his inconsolable grief.
“My name is Brad and I lost my daughter in a car wreck in August 2014, and your messages have kept me alive,” the reply read. “When you text me, I know it’s a message from God.”
Brad continued: “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.”
Brad told Chastity that her dad would be proud of her and that he wished his own daughter would have become the amazing woman that Patterson grew into.
“I’m sorry you have to go through this but if it makes it any better, I am very proud of you!” Brad wrote.
In a later post, Chastity Patterson revealed that her “dad” 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! 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.”
Chastity added: “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!”
Patterson’s story spotlights the importance of fathers in children’s lives. Prominent black leaders have slammed the mainstream media, saying they constantly marginalize and even negate the critical role that dads play.
Former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke said Democratic policies have marginalized black dads.
As BizPac Review reported, Clarke blamed destructive Democratic policies for the erosion of the family unit and “growth of the welfare state.”
“I look at the progressive policies that have marginalized black dads. They push them to the side and said, ‘You’re not needed. Uncle Sam is going to be the dad. He’s going to provide for the kids.
“But Uncle Sam has been a horrible father. Uncle Sam does not like the kids. He keeps a little food in their mouths and that’s about it. We all know the importance of an intact family, what it can do to shape the behavior of kids.”
Chastity Patterson, this is dedicated to you — and “both” your dads:
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