Middle school is a daunting time for adolescents; beyond puberty, the age brings added pressures of trying to fit in and a more serious focus on school assignments. It's equally challenging to parent a child at this age.
In an effort to be a supportive parent during that time, Brian Sandusky showed he cared by leaving an inspirational message on stepdaughter Sophia Wilcox’s door every single day during middle school. Sophia, now 20 years old and visiting from college, surprised her stepfather with a Father's Day gift on Sunday: all of his handwritten notes framed around a picture of them together.
She shared the heartwarming footage on Twitter.
during middle school, my stepdad used to leave me a note on my door each day to inspire me. well, I kept those notes & It’s been 6 years since then. today I gave him those notes back🥰 #HappyFathersDay pic.twitter.com/ftT3sjQEH5— soph (@Sophia_Kallie) June 17, 2019
"I kept those notes & It's been 6 years since then," Sophia tweeted. "Today I gave him those notes back."
Brian was brought to tears by the gesture. He can be heard saying in the video, "These are all your notes."
"Yeah," Sophia responded. "I kept them all. Love you."
"I love you, too," Brian said. "Thank you."
Sophia told the Press Association: "He was so shocked when I gave it to him because he hadn't known that I kept all the notes. He told me later that he was beyond moved. He's been in my life for about 10 years now. He's a very supportive man and always tries to make me laugh, even on a bad day."
Many on social media were not only moved by Sophia keeping all of the notes but also by the fact her stepfather had written them in the first place.
I don’t know if I’m crying harder at the fact that he wrote you all of those notes or at the fact that you kept them all 😭😭😭😭— 🄲🄷🄴🄻🅂🄴🄰 (@chelsea_c7) June 17, 2019
What you did was super dope. Stepfather’s don’t get the credit they deserve. While it seems like something small. Those notes mean the world and to know you saved them mean even more— Cole_World (@nyk_smile) June 18, 2019
As the dad of two amazing adult daughters--you are awesome. That was just wonderful to see. Thanks! Loved the dog making sure he was ok, too. 😊— Rob (@RobW521) June 17, 2019
"He's changed how I see the world and I'm very grateful for that," Sophia said.
Sophia was not immediately available to respond to Yahoo Lifestyle's requests for comment.
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