A daughter tweeted a note discovered by her family nine years after their father died, and the internet fell in love and burst into tears.
Amy Clukey, an English professor at the University of Louisville in Kentucky, had no idea her simple post would receive over 789,000 likes and over 45,000 retweets.
She posted the note this week, under the heading, “Note from my father found in his beekeeping equipment nine years after his death. We miss him.”
The buzz was immediate.
“What a treasure. I hope one day I find a note from my father like this,” one woman wrote.
“I’m crying,” wrote another.
Rick Clukey wrote the note in 2012, around the time doctors told him he was running out of time, Clukey said. His father died at age 53 of lung cancer. He leaves behind six children.
His younger brother found the message, written in pencil on a piece of paper torn from a notebook touting the services of a sawmill in Pennsylvania. The missive was found among the tools of his beekeeping trade.
Rick Clukey was tending to his charges on a large farm, his daughter said.
“Since this is picked up by the media, I should say: My father’s name is Rick Clukey. He died in 2013 at the age of 53 from lung cancer. He has six children. I am the eldest. My youngest brother Liam found the note. My sister Emily is planning on beekeeping when she buys a house,” she wrote on Twitter.
Although the note said he hoped his children would follow in his beekeeping shoes, the father’s parting words would suit any legacy or vocation.
“Bees make more than honey and as a hobby it can be an extra source of income. So don’t be afraid, have courage. Good luck,” the letter ended. He signed by writing “Love, dad”.
Emily Clukey responded to numerous notes sent to her on Twitter by people moved by the letter. Several shared that they too had fathers who died young of terminal illness.
“Losing someone to cancer is terrible,” the girl replied to a writer. “But it does leave some time to reflect on his legacy.”