The daughter penned this note for her father to show her appreciation and love for him. It could not have been more adorable.
Editor's note: This article was originally published on March 29, 2023. It has since been updated.
While understanding a thesis is not a child's game, curiosity can get the best of them if it's written by their own parents. A similar thing happened to Adam Phillippy, whose 8-year daughter tried to read his thesis. He shared what happened next on Twitter, writing: "My 8yo came across my bound thesis in the basement, 'read' it, and spontaneously wrote me this note. I will now be listing her as a suggested reviewer for all my manuscript submissions."
Philippy also attached the note she wrote, which read: "Dear Adam (Daddy), I was very amazed by your work. It surprised me that it took you four whole years to write that thesis. I'm sure it took a lot of hard work. I found lots of things about the Genome Sequence. I also like learning about what you studied and were interested in. A lot of things made me say 'awesome.' Your younger daughter, Hannah." She also gave an A+ to the thesis in her note.
My 8yo came across my bound thesis in the basement, "read" it, and spontaneously wrote me this note. I will now be listing her as a suggested reviewer for all my manuscript submissions. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/ZnKvThzxfC— Adam Phillippy (@aphillippy) April 26, 2019
Reddit user u/PhDVa reshared the tweet on Reddit writing: "I give this post an A+" Other Reddit users were quick to comment on this adorable post. u/danceswithsockson wrote, "If Hannah is available, I'd love for her to check mine out when I'm done. If she doesn't find herself going 'awesome' a lot, I will consider my work a failure."
u/Icy-Revolution1706 wrote, "Just be prepared for the gentle shade that it took you '4 whole years to write it.' Clearly Hannah thought it could've been done in 3." u/MoreCarrotsPlz commented, "I did this when I was a kid and that was in the '80s and '90s, I think a lot of kids did. Emojis evolved from the :) symbols and that only emerged because there was no other way to type the smiley faces we used to draw in our notes."
I think the surprise was that I could focus on one thing for an extended period of time :)— Adam Phillippy (@aphillippy) April 26, 2019
She was quite mad that the acknowledgements only mentioned her sister, but accepted my explanation that she hadn't been born yet— Adam Phillippy (@aphillippy) April 26, 2019
She has the habit of asking lots of questions, and I have the habit of giving overly detailed answers :)— Adam Phillippy (@aphillippy) April 27, 2019
u/GoudaGirl2 wrote, "On the flip side it's cool the newer generations will be expressing emotions in writing more than previous generations. Maybe it's not the worst. It adds nuance in a novel way." u/thankyeestrbunny noted, "It's the Hannah Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence."
Another user wrote, "Dude is gonna be mortified in 10 years that his thesis went semi-viral. I have never met anyone that thought their master's or Ph.D. thesis was good lol. Edit: (just wanted to make clear this is a lighthearted joke about a common trend among academics so nobody thinks I'm trying to hate on the guy’s thesis!)"
Frame this. And wow ! Hats@off@tonyour parenting skills! Her handwriting is better than mine!— Jonathan Jacobs (@bioinformer) April 26, 2019
u/gademmet commented, "Ultimately, adorable. Just the very idea that she wasn't immediately bored to tuning out by what was likely a ton of printed pages and whatnot, seeing instead the work her dad put into it, and taking it so seriously she wrote him about it. Wonderful to see." u/HeffalumpAndWoozle wrote, "My favorite line, 'It surprised me that it took you four whole years to write that thesis.' Come on Dad, you should not have spent so much time playing D&D with your mates :)."
Her dad will forever remember this A+ and for all the good reasons!