“Anger, although it can come easily, has no good place in any of our lives,” the note began. “If anything, anger should only make us be better for the world.
“So I hope that whatever is happening, you stay calm and get through the worst of the days,” it continued. “Look at the things and people there to do good. And I wish you many better days, be sure. M. ”
Russ Antonacci stood for a moment and recorded the words. He was walking his dogs Waddles and Jackson in Me-Kwa-Mooks Park in West Seattle a few weeks ago when he saw a plastic bag with a note in it. sitting in a puddle.
“There wasn’t a water stain on it even though I stepped on it,” said Antonacci, 52. “Very strange.”
Stranger still was how accurate the note was. Maybe he had carried around a little pent-up anger, it was a pandemic and everything.
“It could have been something about anything,” Antonacci said of the note’s message. “So it was kind of weird.”
It was another of the “Notes of Kindness” that has surfaced in West Seattle in the past few weeks: typed letters on lined white paper, simply – and mysteriously – “M.”
The first was found two weeks ago by Vashon Island DJ Bill Reid, who discovered a note in a bag attached to a telephone pole on California Avenue. It turned his whole day around.
Each note has a number: Reid was 19 out of 400 and Antonucci was 13th (“Lucky 13,” he said).
Around the same time, a woman named Rosa O’Reilly found number 50 while walking with her husband Dan at the Emma Schmitz Memorial Overlook. She found a piece of paper in a plastic bag that was pinned to a tree.
“I was curious and looked inside and found this nice little note that was handwritten,” said O’Reilly, 44, a mother who stayed at home. “I don’t remember exactly what it said, but they were encouraging, kind words.”
She showed it to her husband, then put it on a park bench “so that someone else could find it.
“I feel like it was something to share,” she said. “I hope that everyone who finds it will enjoy it too.”
Antonucci, who owns a flooring business, hadn’t visited Me-Kwa-Mooks Park with his dogs in eight months. And when he did, the note waited.
“Completely by accident,” he said. “And in the last few days something has drawn me there. It was very strange. “
He stuck the note on his fridge, where it reminds him every day not to take things.
“I’m 52, it’s like, ‘Enough is enough. You have to let go of things, ”he said with a laugh. “It’s ridiculous. That note … came out of nowhere.”
Antonacci has no idea who “M.” could be and could not speculate as to why the writer chose 400 notes. Or why he was the one who found the note about anger.
“I don’t know; I try to believe in signs,” he said. “So it’s a positive sign, even though it’s about anger.”
Found three, 397 out there somewhere.
“It brought a silly tear to my eye.”
O’Reilly doesn’t remember what her note was about, just how she felt.
“I didn’t particularly need it,” she said. “I was just very touched. I thought it was a lovely touch that someone had taken the time to type this note down with a typewriter to brighten someone’s day and anonymously spread that kind of kindness.
“And they put it in the perfect little place.”