John Goodman might have died in 2015, but he didn’t want to miss out on buying his son’s first legal beer. So he took a $10 bill and gave it to his daughter, swearing her and his wife to secrecy, with instructions to give it to his son on his 21st birthday.
Well, Matt Goodman just turned the big 2-1, and, true to her word, his sister revealed their dad’s plan and gave him the bill, which he spent at a bar to buy his first legal beer on December 6.
“Knowing that he thought about a future big moment in my life meant everything, because even being gone he still did whatever he could to make my 21st birthday,” Goodman told CNN. “It was probably the best present I’ve ever gotten.”
John Goodman tragically passed away due to esophageal cancer in 2015.
“Not having him around has obviously been the toughest thing in my life since he was my best friend,” said Goodman. “He was a huge goofball that would do anything in the world to make me happy.”
Matt tweeted pictures of the bill and himself taking his first sip along with a summary of the story. It promptly blew up on Twitter, amassing over 542,000 likes and 27,700 retweets to date.
almost 6 years ago before my dad passed he gave my sister this 10$ bill to give to me on my 21st birthday so he could buy me my first beer, cheers pops havin this one for you! pic.twitter.com/oaIulpEJTc
— Matt Goodman (@mattg12699) December 6, 2020
Among those paying attention was the social media team at Anheuser-Busch, who sent Matt eight cases of Budweiser. He also later tweeted that people offering to Venmo him (presumably to buy him even more beers) should instead donate to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, a cancer treatment center in Boston that took care of his father, a final touch that makes this actually nice story even nicer.