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12th Sep 2015

Dad’s lunchbox message from 20 years ago goes viral

Sive O'Brien

In an effort to try and emulate one of those picture-perfect Pinterest mums, I have started slipping little notes into my six-year-old’s lunchbox for school.

I know it’s born from pure guilt that I don’t prepare fun, cookie cutter-shaped sandwiches and cool little works of art out of fruit. In fact, I don’t even prepare her lunch, it’s (thankfully) prepared by the childminder before I get home from work each day. Maybe one day I’ll fashion a bird out of a napkin and sit it alongside a fluffy cloud-shape samba, but for the time-being, a little note from me to her makes me feel Pinterest-worthy and her (hopefully) feel loved when she reads it.

So, when I read about this Dad, Jim Rogel whose 20-year-old note to his daughter, now 31-year-old Katie Rogal, has has been taped to her fridge ever since, it really made me smile.

My dad used to put notes in my lunch. Now I'm 31 and this one still hangs on my fridge. - Imgur

I may be plagued with working mum guilt and I’m certainly not the first parent to put cute notes in their child’s lunchbox, but I know it’s the little things that count. My daughter might not save my notes for 20 years, but I hope she takes something from them each day when I’m not around.

I’ll take that for the moment.