A couple decided to take their young baby with them to a ski resort in Colorado, and after a rough couple of nights dealing with a screaming baby, they woke up one morning to an anonymous letter slipped under their door from agitated neighbors.
“Thank you for bringing a screaming baby to a ski resort and wake up everyone near your room, several times during the night,” reads the letter. “These walls are not sound proof and the screams seemed to be right next to us. Babies don’t ski, no reason to bring them to a ski resort, they should stay at home with family or nannies. I never brought my babies to a place like this. I was considerate of others, not selfish. I stayed home when I could not get help. We need more people who think of others and less selfish ones. Your baby screams ruined our sleep on Saturday and Sunday (the worst). We planned this trip a year ago, to ski hard all day and sleep at night so we could ski all day, thanks to you, that was not the case. Hope you think of others around on your next trip.”
The parents were upset over the letter, and when the mother sent it to her blogger brother, he took to the Internet to vent his frustration.
“You, on the other hand, choose to spew hatred and judgment on others even when it will bring no change to your own situation,” wrote the angry brother and uncle in an open letter to the anonymous writers posted on the Huffington Post. “You didn't say anything when the young parents could have done something, choosing instead to leave a parting note to let them know what terrible people they are. Be honest, the note was not for the good of the world, it was for retribution. It was your way of doling out karma. I hope you are proud of yourself.”
The brother, who runs his own successful blog called “Dad On The Run,” got much support from people in the comments but also received some harsh criticism for his stance.
“Okay I think that the person that wrote your sister is a bit nasty but correct,” responded user Dominic Accardi. “I would have simply called the front desk and asked them to do something about it. Sorry but I am not paying a ton of money to be woken up by a baby. I feel the Dads pain but it shouldn't be mine too.”
Needless to say, the parents in question will most likely think twice before bringing their baby certain places in the future. You live and you learn, right?
Due to a mix-up of some sort, a 6-year-old boy received a letter from the IRS requesting that he file a particular set of documents.
Realizing that it must be a mistake, his mother attempted to contact the IRS and sort the situation out. Unfortunately, because the original request was addressed to her son, and not her, the mom was unable to do anything.
Shortly after, the 6-year-old received this follow-up:
“Dear Mr. Smith: we don’t recognize Susan F. Smith as someone authorized to discuss your tax file. If you want Susan F. Smith to be authorized to discuss your return we suggest you go online and submit form 8892 and form, etc.”
At this point, the young “Mr. Smith” was forced to take matters into his own hands. So he sat down, and penned this letter to the IRS.
I got your letter. I am now 6 years old. It is ok if you talk to my mommy Susan F. Smith about my tax papers until I am 18.
- Paulie Smith”
Never change, IRS. Never change.
A terminally ill man has come to terms with what awaits him. Now, he is far more concerned about his little girl’s future.
Tom Attwater has a brain tumor. At this point, he realizes that his odds of survival are slim. Rather than feel sorry for himself, though, the 31-year-old man wants to make sure his daughter is provided for.
Kelli, 5, has already fought and beaten cancer twice. Her first bout with it came when she was just three months old. Although Tom hopes that she will never have to deal with cancer again, he wants her to be prepared either way. He is vowing to raise $820,000 for her – just in case.
This is the Just Giving page he set up for her: www.justgiving.com/helpkelli
Tom also wrote this amazing letter to his daughter. For obvious reasons, it has gone viral.
I’m so sorry I will not get to see you grow up as I so want to. Please don’t blame people or the world for this. A lot of life is simply luck and mine is running out.
I wish I had the words to make you feel better. I wish I didn’t have cancer and you didn’t have to see me in pain as you often do now. I wish so many things were different but they are not.
Most dads and daughters have decades to chat around the kitchen table, their hands warmed by mugs of coffee, as the dad dishes out advice and their girls no doubt roll their eyes. We don’t have that time. I won’t be able to drop you off on your first day at big school, pick you up after your first date, hold you when your heart hurts or cheer when you graduate.
But while your old dad is still around I thought I’d try to give you some life advice in one go. I hope it gives you some comfort. I hope cancer never returns so that your life is long, fulfilled and happy.
School Everyone will say it’s vital to work hard at school. Hopefully you’ll always do your best. I did well at school but did it do me much good in life? Not really. School work IS important, but make sure you have fun too.
Boys At the moment you don’t make much distinction between girls and boys and see all children as friends. That’s typical of your sweet nature. But Kel, that will change as you get older. You might see them as stinky, pesky classmates in a few years’ time. But, probably at secondary school, you’ll realise they can be quite nice.
You’ll have boyfriends when you’re older – MUCH older hopefully! – and I won’t be here to grill them about their intentions. So here’s some advice from your old man. It’s very hard to describe how it feels to really be in love. You might remember seeing me and your mum laughing together and cuddling on the sofa, and once the love hearts and flowers fade that’s what real love looks like. Have fun finding it.
Always choose boys with gentlemanly values, manners and respect. Imagine them having tea and a chat with our family around our table and if you think they’ll fit in, you have found a decent young man.
Sadly, you will have your heart broken one day. It hurts like hell and will feel like the end of the world. But you will get over it. And even if a romance doesn’t work out, try to be kind. Boys have feelings too. Lastly, if you have a special boy pal who is always there for you when boyfriends come and go, don’t take him for granted. Don’t overlook him. He might really care for you.
Marriage I often dreamt about your wedding day and imagined filling up with tears as I walked you down the aisle before giving you away. I won’t be able to do that Kelli. Sorry sweetheart. But I will be looking over your shoulder on that day, proud and happy you have found a special someone to love you and care for you.
I wonder if you will play what you call “the family song” (which is really I’ll Be There by The Jackson 5). It meant so much to me and my brother and sister growing up, and I know it does to you too. I’ll be there on your wedding day in spirit.
Mummy You and your mum will argue at times, especially when you’re a teenager. Please remember she adores you and wants the best for you. Give Mummy a hug when she is feeling sad and help each other get through any horrible times when I am gone. When you’re a teenager you might think your friends are right and your mum is wrong. But she has to make hard decisions for you and, more than any friend you’ll ever have, has your interests at heart. Treat her well.
Family Nothing is more important than family and the values they give us. Nothing.
Friends Treat people as they treat you. Be nice to anyone who helps you, always. Bullying is horrible – never become one.
Christmas & birthdays On your first Christmas without me, I’d love if you and Mummy would light a candle and remember me for a few minutes. It would be great if you two did the monkey dance together. Jumping around shaking our bottoms always made us laugh. That’s something to make me smile from up above. I’d also love if you visit my parents on Boxing Day. They will be hurting too.
I’ve given Nanny Sue presents for all your birthdays. I wish I could be there to see you open them. Hopefully you will like everything as it’s hard to imagine you at 10, 15, 20. I wonder if you’ll still like One Direction. I wonder if they’ll still make you dance around the living room.
Career You were two when you told me you wanted to be a “princess astronaut” so you could wear nice dresses and find new planets. You might now realise that’s not possible. But so many things ARE possible for you, darling. Do what makes you happy and that you enjoy. If you do so, life suddenly becomes much, much easier.
You may need to start a few different careers to find the one you enjoy, but so be it. One life, one chance.
Manners Always remember your please and thank-yous. The reason Mummy and I drum manners into you is because they will help you throughout your life. Always be courteous, especially to elders. Never put a knife in your mouth. Remember to write thank-you letters for gifts of kindness as it is always nice to act with grace and gratitude. (And please note that poo jokes are only funny when you are five, you cheeky girl!)
Learn to drive Most dads teach their daughters to drive and usually fall out in the process. Make sure you learn how to drive as soon you can – it opens up the world for you. Also, make sure Mummy doesn’t teach you (just joking, Joely).
Travel abroad It’s a cliche to say travel broadens the mind, but it’s true. See as much of the world as you can. But never on a motorbike (too dangerous).
Be happy You never laugh at 50%: you always laugh at 100%. Your laugh takes over your whole body and is highly infectious. I hope you never lose that. There is no point in asking you not to be sad when I go. I know you will be, princess. And I wish I could be there to wrap my arms around you and snuggle you until you smile again. Remember the Eeyore teddy I bought you from a charity shop? You said you’d keep him safe and cuddle him when you miss me. That’s a great idea. You can feel sad and use it as a driving force throughout your life. Or you can just be sad. You know which one I hope you choose.
Be charitable Please give to charities. Charities have been good to you and I. You’ll probably always remember our trip to Disneyland. But I’ll never forget the sacrifices people made to pay for your healthcare if ever cancer returns. Elderly people sent prayer cards and £10 notes they couldn’t afford. Heads were shaved, miles were run, thousands were raised. All for you. It’s important to pay back. Doing good deeds uplifts the soul. Never forget there are people worse off than you who you can help.
Remember your life motto Always keep trying. You might remember that I taught you to say “giving up is for losers”. I failed a number of times in my life but never gave up. Kelli, never give up.
Believe in yourself In life, many people will say you cannot do things. You make up your mind. Can you? Do you want to? Big challenges involve risks so make smart choices. Those who told me I couldn’t do certain things didn’t want me to do them. If you want something, it is nearly always possible, so do your best. I’m sure there’s a hell of a lot you can achieve!
I know you will make me proud and do something great in my memory. I know you can do it – so let’s start now.
And finally… Thank you for being you, Kelli. Thank you for paying me the biggest compliment of all time by calling me Daddy. Having you as my daughter is the greatest honour of my life. Thank you for teaching me more about love and happiness than any other person.
Enjoy your life. Don’t rush through it. I will be waiting.
All my love, always, to you princess and to Mummy,
If nothing else, this should just remind us how fortunate we are for our health, family and all the other things we tend to take for granted.
A 9-year-old Seahawks fan touched hearts across the U.S. after she wrote a letter to deaf running back Derrick Coleman, calling him an inspiration.
Riley Kovalcik wrote the note after she and her sister watched a Duracell ad featuring Coleman and his journey to become the first legally deaf offensive player in the NFL. Kovalcik, who is also legally deaf, felt a connection to Coleman.
“I where (sic) two hearing aids. I love sports. Other things are I'm a identical twin and my twin where's (sic) one hearing aid too!”
The girls’ father, Jake, tweeted a picture of the letter to Coleman. When the Seahawks got a hold of it, Mr. Kovalcik’s phone was flooded with messages and return tweets.
The father of three laughed as he recalled the two girls watching over his phone, in awe that the letter had gone viral.
Mr. Kovalcik added that all he wanted was to show Coleman how much he had impacted his girls, and noted that Coleman is important to every child with a disability.
“He's showing all kids that if you work hard and you dedicate yourself whatever deficiencies you have, you can be great,” Mr. Kovalcik said of Coleman. “I wanted to thank him.”
Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden released a letter to the people of Brazil on Tuesday, noting that he has been inspired by the global debate of NSA documents and is excited that “indiscriminate worldwide surveillance” is ending.
The letter was originally published in Folha Sao Paulo Today and later obtained by the Associated Press.
In the letter, Snowden applauded the Brazilian government for its stance against U.S. espionage. He also volunteered to aid the government in investigating NSA spying within the country, so long as he could be granted asylum.
“Until a country grants permanent political asylum,” Snowden wrote, “the US government will continue to interfere with my ability to speak.”
Among the many documents Snowden delivered to journalist Glenn Greenwald, it was revealed that Brazil is the top Latin America target for NSA spying. Examples include the monitoring of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s cellphone and hacking the internal network of state-run oil company Petrobras.
Rousseff was so outraged by what Snowden called “data collection,” not surveillance, that she canceled a diplomatic dinner in Washington. Since then, Rousseff has pushed the United Nations to give citizens greater protection against spying.
“These programs were never about terrorism,” Snowden wrote. “They’re about economic spying, social control, and diplomatic manipulation. They’re about power."
Brazil’s Foreign Ministry and the presidential office have yet to comment on Snowden’s letter or any potential request of asylum.
Ohio police chief and Twitter sensation David Oliver wrote a letter to Kanye West recently, criticizing West for comparing his performances to the life-endangering tasks of police and military personnel.
The police chief is known for criticizing criminals on Twitter, where he has almost 100,000 followers. This time, he reserved his judgment for West.
“Check yourself, before you wreck yourself,” Oliver wrote.
Oliver began the letter in a highly sarcastic tone, noting that he was honored to write such an important star. He thanked West for putting his life on the line, and acknowledged that rapping must be hard work, especially given the limited number of breaths West can take.
“Without a chance to inhale,” Oliver wrote, “you could pass out and hit your head.”
In the second half of the letter, Oliver’s tone became more serious and he suggested that West join the military. He proposed that West be deployed to Afghanistan, and when the Taliban begin to fire at him, he could wrap to defend himself.
Oliver added that West could quite possibly end all wars by rendering enemies star-struck.
Notes between Chicago neighbors over their paper-thin walls have gone viral, after another neighbor posted them on Reddit.
Annoyed by the loud sex noises coming from his neighbor, a tenant in a Boystown apartment building wrote a note demanding she keep quiet. She left the note on her noisy neighbor’s front door for the other tenants to read.
“I’d really appreciate not having to hear every trust (sic) and moan,” the note read. “Luckily for me, it never lasts very long.”
Instead of feeling embarrassed, the girl in 517 wrote a note in response, condemning her neighbor for slut-shaming.
“I have the best vibrator,” the girl in 517 wrote. “You should really invest in one — you sound a bit, uh, tense...”
The girl continued to say that she was proud of her sexuality and that slut-shaming is useless. She added that she pays enough rent to do whatever she wishes in the privacy of her own home.
“I suggest you whip out your big girl panties and deal with it,” she finished.
The neighbor and Reddit user who originally posted images of the notes said they have since been removed from the doors.
Missouri mother Michelle Conway McClain wrote a heart-warming letter to her bisexual son Zach after he came out on Facebook, and it has since gone viral.
In the note, McClain said she was surprised, but will continue to love her son unconditionally.
“I love you with my actions, not just my words,” she wrote. “I’ll fight for you always.”
She continued to call him the bravest person she’d ever known, and promised him that his sexual orientation does not define him.
“You are still the boy who forever won my heart,” she wrote.
Rounding out her note, she said the only things that concerned her were the piles of empty soda cups and bottles in Zach’s room, and that he should throw them away before ants found their way inside.
The letter was eventually posted to Facebook’s Have a Gay Day page, where it became popular.
McClain later commented on the reposting of her letter, confirming its authenticity and how she had left the note on Zach’s door before going to work one morning.
“I meant every word, “ she wrote. “I’m so proud of him!”
McClain also noted how overwhelmed she felt with so much support from strangers online.
Days after a Pakistani schoolgirl -- who was shot in the head on her way home from school -- took the stage at the United Nations to plead for children’s rights, a letter she received from a senior Taliban commander that informed her why she was targeted was released.
The letter to 16-year-old Malala Yousafzai was attributed to Adnan Rashid. Yousafzai was at the UN advocating for the right to go to school on behalf of all children.
Yousafzai was attacked by gunmen who jumped on her school bus when she was 15, an incident that sparked protests in Pakistan and was condemned by nations around the world.
A portion of the letter is below:
I am writing to you in my personal capacity this may not be the opinion or policy of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan or other jihadi faction or group.
Taliban attacked you, was it islamically correct or wrong, or you were deserved to be killed or not, I will not go in this argument now, let’s we leave it to Allah All mighty, He is the best judge. Here I want to advise you as I am already late, I wish I would have advised u in my prison time and this accident would never happened. First of all please mind that Taliban never attacked you because of going to school or you were education lover, also please mind that Taliban or Mujahideen are not against the education of any men or women or girl. Taliban believe that you were intentionally writing against them and running a smearing campaign to malign their efforts to establish Islamic system in swat and your writings were provocative.
You have said in your speech yesterday that pen is mightier than sword, so they attacked you for your sword not for your books or school. There were thousands of girls who were going to school and college before and after the Taliban insurgency in swat, would you explain why were only you on their hit list???
Now to explain you the second point, why Taliban are blowing up schools? The answer to this questions in that not only Taliban in KPK or FATA are blowing up the schools but Pakistan Army and Frontier Constabulary is equally involved in this issue. The reason for this action is common between them that is turning of schools into hide outs and transit camps once it comes under control of either party Pakistan Army or Taliban.
The Taliban broke Rashid out of prison last year, CNN reported. He was serving a life sentence after being convicted in the attempted murder of former President Pervez Musharraf. He ended the letter by urging Yousafzai to return to Pakistan and "use your pen for Islam and the plight of the Muslim community."
A video about the story is below:
Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif., taught British literature for 23 years at public school before becoming Congress’s first openly gay nonwhite representative. Now, 21 years after leaving the schoolroom, Takano is bringing his pedagogical skills from the schoolhouse to the House of Representatives to criticize Republicans for opposing immigration reform.
Twenty-one House Republicans wrote a letter to Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, expressing their opposition to the bill. Takano posted the letter graded like an essay on his Tumblr.
The edits largely criticize the letter for wanting to break up immigration into smaller bills and for exaggerating minor details.
The tactic has drawn fire from many in the House calling the move petty and distracting.
Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La., who wrote the bill, expressed frustration at the air of superiority and lack of serious consideration.
“This grandstanding represents everything Americans hate about Washington, rank partisanship and pettiness while posturing oneself as above the fray and superior," he wrote.
Some accuse the comments of being hypocritical, at one point arguing, “Please argue policy, not procedure” after also criticizing the letter for counting the bill’s pages instead of its words. It also criticizes the letter for being hypocritical.
Takano gave the essay an “F.” As the battle of immigration rages on, observers are torn between viewing the tactic as petty and parochial or innovative and cunning.