From the first day she was in kindergarten, Emma Callaghan has gotten a note of encouragement from her father.
The notes are always in her lunch and written on a napkin.
Now that Garth Callaghan has terminal cancer, he’s working ahead to make sure his inspiration continues all the way through her high school graduation.
Garth has been writing notes, hundreds of notes, to leave after he’s gone.
Emma is 13 now and Garth figures he’ll need about 826 to finish the job.
So far he has 740. That's how Garth became the Napkin Dad.
He told the Richmond Times-Dispatch “at the end of the day, these notes might be the only thing my daughter has left of me."
Some of the past offerings have been;
* "Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. —B. Franklin"
* "Do or do not. There is no try. —Yoda"
* Dear Emma, Everything in moderation. Except Awesome. You can never have too much Awesome. Love, Dad"
And maybe the most touching of all.
"Dear Emma, Sometimes when I need a miracle, I look into your eyes and realize I've already created one. Love, Dad."
Garth tries not to fret about much but there is one thing that concerns him. "My daughter’s a teenager now,” he began. “So at some point, the notes might cease to be cool," but for her and I, this is a special thing that we share."
The event formerly known as Home World has a new name and new location.Get totally inspired for spring as you find hundreds of ways to improve your home. Make your home the one you really want. Show open daily duringmall hours. Admission is free!
Landscaping and Outdoors
Get ready for Spring and Summer and transform your outdoor space into something that feels like you’re on vacation
Make sure to visit our demonstration stage during the entire show. There will be exciting demonstrations on how to re-purpose and design thanks to Monarch Market Affair.
Meet Barry Williams from The Brady Bunch
Join us as we welcome Me-TV superstar Barry Williams who played the iconic Greg Brady from The Brady Bunch TV Show. Meet him and get an autograph on February 10th stage side at center court in front of Macy’s.
The line will start forming when the Mall Opens, and Barry’s First appearance will be at 11 a.m.
Come prepared with your camera or cell phone for the Meet and Greet.