A woman who had been texting her late father for years said she got a response on the fourth anniversary of his death.
Chastity Patterson from Arkansas said she sent a text message to her dad Jason Ligons’s old number before the ‘tough day’ of the anniversary of his death, but she didn’t expect to get a reply.
“Hey, Dad, it’s me,” she wrote. “Tomorrow will be another hard day!”
The 23-year-old talked about all the things she’s done in the four years since her dad died in a car accident, such as getting her degree and beating cancer.
But to her surprise, she actually got a response.
Chastity sent her late father a text message about what she had done.
“Hello, sweetheart,” it said. I’m not your father, but I’ve been getting all your texts for the past four years. I look forward to hearing from you in the morning and at night.My name is Brad, and in August 2014, I lost my daughter in a car accident. Your messages helped me stay alive. I know it’s a message from God when you text me.
“I’m sorry you lost someone so close to you, but over the years, I’ve listened to you and seen you grow and go through more than anyone else. I’ve wanted to text you back for years, but I didn’t want to break your heart.”
Chastity sent a text message to her dad before the date of the day he died. Credit: Chastity Patterson on Facebook
The man then called her an “angel” and told her he was proud of all she had done.
“You are an amazing woman, and I wish my daughter had grown up to be like you,” he said. “Thank you for sending me daily updates; they remind me that there is a God and that it wasn’t his fault that my little girl died.”
“He gave me you, my little baby, and I knew this day would come. Everything will be fine if you keep pushing yourself every day and let the light God gave you shine. I’m sorry you must go through this, but if it makes you feel better, I’m very proud of you.”
Last year, Chastity posted the crazy answer on Facebook, where it quickly went viral.
Brad also lost a loved one.
In the post’s description, she wrote, “I’ve been texting my dad every day for the past four years to tell him how my day is going! Today was my sign that everything is fine, and I can let him rest!”
In a second post, the 23-year-old said, “He never missed a school dance, prom, or one of my games, and YES, he would talk to me for a long time about my mouth and attitude.” I had to tell him about my dates if I was allowed to date. He would act like a normal dad and talk to us for a long time.I told my friends and family about my messages so they could see that there is a God and that he might take 4 years to show up, but he always does.
If you have lost a loved one and want to talk to someone privately, call Cruse Bereavement Care at 0808 808 1677, their national helpline.