Tuesday 22 August 2017

This graduate went viral after sharing an emotional, 17-year-old note from her father

Get a box of tissues ready – it’s beautiful.

By Edward Dracott

A girl has gone viral after sharing a handwritten note her Mexican father penned 17 years before her graduation.

Gabby Alfaro, 23, graduated from the University of California with a masters in education and teaching on Saturday. On that day she posted a note her father Carlos had written for an assignment while taking night classes in English 17 years before.

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The note reads: “It is amazing how fast some kids can learn the things we teach them,” Carlos’ note reads. “I have a daughter who just turn 6 years old, my wife and I used to read her books since she was 2 years old, now that she is in Kindergarden, her teacher said that it’s hard to believe how good she can read and spell.

“That’s one of the reason why I decided to go back to school. I want to be able to help her do the homework and show her that the only way to make her dreams come true is through education.”

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Although Gabby’s mother found the note in their garage only a few months before her graduation, it seems she more than made good on the sentiment.

Gabby has been hired to teach in the San Bernardino city school district – becoming an educator herself.

“When my mom showed my sisters and I, we all bawled our eyes out, and I kept the notebook,” Gabby, who has four sisters, told the Press Association.

“It actually worked out perfectly that the day of my ceremony was the same weekend as Father’s Day – so the tweet was my surprise to him so he could see how his hard work and love paid off.”

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Gabby said her mother called her father when it rose in popularity – it now has over 140,000 likes on Twitter – “to tell him he was getting famous”, but she hasn’t been able to show him the positive reactions it has had as they have both been working.

“I’m sure he’ll be a little embarrassed,” said Gabby. “My dad is very quiet with his emotions, typical Mexican dad, which made finding his writing even more surprising.

“He’s always told my sisters and I how proud of us he is though. That’s his ‘I love you’.”

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