When Officer Anthony Nolan of the New London, Connecticut police force injured his knee at work, he had to take some time off at home to recover; however, his healing came with a little more ease after a note attached to his door not only helped him feel a little better, but almost brought tears to his eyes.
WFSB Eyewitness News3 reports that while he was at home recovering from his injury, Nolan found that a delightful note from 9-year-old Malik and his sister Tasha had been carefully taped to his door.
As Nolan opened the note and began to read the message, which had been written by Malik in marker, his eyes began to fill up. Not just because it helped him feel better, but it also reminded the officer of how meaningful small acts of kindness could be.
“My mom says [you’re] hurt. I’m sad because you can’t read to me. I don’t have a dad—only you read to me,” the note from Malik began. “I really miss you and my sister is doing better [because] of you.”
“Thanks [for] being like a dad for us,” the note continued. “[I’m] happy when you read to us.” It was signed “Malik and Tasha.”
“It was just odd, you know,” Nolan told the news outlet. “Got it, read it, almost started crying.” The note was accompanied with a little of the children’s own artwork, depicting a police cruiser with two suspects inside, along with flowers that were reportedly drawn by Tasha.
In an interview with the Huffington Post, the officer, who shared a photo of the letter on his Facebook page earlier this month, described how the letter left him feeling emotional.
“Talk about fighting tears,” the officer wrote in the Facebook post. “[You] can’t tell me this is not the best… Love those kids.”
The Post reports that along with a few coins for “coffee money,” that were taped to the children’s letter, Malik had some ideas on how to speed up Nolan’s recovery.
“I will tell [the] police station boss to not make you work in danger [because that’s] best for you,” Malik wrote, before asking for a “reading video” he could watch while Nolan is recovering. “I can ask my doctor to make you feet better… he is good,” the small boy added.
Nolan reportedly met Malik about two years ago at Ocean Beach, when he was with a friend. Both were upset because a book they were reading had gotten wet, the Post reports.
“I told them I got a book. That was similar to the one they have, didn’t know what kind of book it was,” Nolan said. “It ended up about being about not having parents. One of those ‘gulp’ moments.”
Nolan went on to say that he experienced another “gulp moment” when he read in Malik’s letter, “I don’t have a dad… only you read to me.”
The Post reports that ever since that day at Ocean Beach, Nolan has been reading to Malik and Tasha on a weekly basis. He has developed a lasting relationship with them and even wears funny accessories as he reads to them.
“They let me know what it means to them not to see me, which made me feel a lot better. It was like one of those healing moments,” Nolan said. “Even though you’re sick, you feel healed.”