The last bits of turkey have been devoured and Thanksgiving is long gone, but if you were able to spend time with your family, we hope you made some memories to last. When Rodney Atkins visited his family this Thanksgiving, he discovered that a sweet memory has become part of his parents’ decor.
Rodney shared a photo on his Instagram page of a child’s handwritten note. The caption accompanying the picture reveals that while he was home for the holiday, he found the note hanging on a wall in a frame at his folks’ house.
Looking at the note, we quickly learn that it was written by a very young Rodney to his adopted mother and father. And you might need a tissue before you read it.
“Daddy, I know that I was adopted,” the note begins, “but you’re the best daddy I ever had, and Mommy is the best mommy I ever had and Tammy is the best sister I ever had.”
The childhood innocence and honesty is almost too much for an adult heart to handle. But the preciousness continues when Rodney closes his note by asking “Do you love me? Put yes or no.”
Of course, “yes” is circled and checked, and good luck not feeling those emotions.
Rodney’s road to adoption was a difficult one. His first of adoptive parents returned him to the orphanage after he developed a respiratory infection, and his second set of parents did the same. It was only when he was adopted by Allan and Margaret Atkins, who had lost a baby the year prior, that he found his home.
As an adult, Rodney has been an active advocate for adoption, even acting as a spokesperson for the National Council for Adoption.
Rodney and wife Rose Falcon are expecting their first little one together any day now, placing them among the ranks of country music’s baby boom. Rodney also has a teenage son, Elijah, from a previous marriage.