Little Girl Pens Heartwarming Letter to Her Father's Boss
It's easy to feel like the world is a mess -- economic troubles, wars abroad, kids who go hungry right here at home -- but one little girl in Oregon renews our faith in the human spirit with her touching letter to her father's boss.
Cheyenne Hess, 12, worried that her dad Andy wasn't going to get steady work: He lost his job when his company went out of business last December, according to a story in the Register-Guard newspaper. By this spring, the family was selling its possessions to keep up with the bills.
As Andy continued to search for a full-time job, he picked up sporadic day work from Ed Read, operations manager at Oregon Motorcoach Center.
Sadly, though, it wasn't enough.Finally, little Cheyenne, a seventh-grader at Prairie Mountain School in West Eugene, took matters into her own hands. She wrote a letter to Read on behalf of her father:
Andy discovered the note in his lunchbox, but didn't show it to his boss until after he was fully hired by the company in July 2009."Dear Ed Read,
Please give my Dad a job at Oregon Motorcoach. He has been out of a job since December 2008 and he deserves this job and you deserve such a great painter, he has a great painting skill. He has painted cars, coaches and he always has a good attitude about what he has to do. He has always been a good Dad, painter and lovely husband and friend. If you hire him you would be getting a good deal and a lot of new customers for life. My Dad has never been rude to anyone so you won't have to worry about having meetings with him. So please, please, please hire him. He always has great ideas at meetings and never needs an assistant.
"I didn't want to put him on the spot," he tells the Register-Guard. "When I read it I got all choked up. It's still hard for me to talk about. You don't think of seventh-graders worrying about what goes on with their moms and dads and yet here she is, worried about me. She's just an awesome kid."
Read thinks so, too; he saw the heartfelt note after he hired Andy, and says he'll treasure it forever.
What renews your faith in the human spirit during this week of giving thanks?
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