Losing a loved is always the hardest thing anyone can go through. It’s especially saddening when you lose a loved one early on in life, when you expected them to be there for years to come, but instead they pass away way before you would have ever expected. This is what happened to Bailey Sellers. The 21-year-old lost her father at a very young age, leaving her to go through her teen years without her biggest supporter.
Sellers was just 16 years old when her father passed away from a long-term illness. Now, at 21, Sellers has had time to mourn and cope with the death of her father. While she could never forget him, her grief has lessened after all these years.
But on the 24th of November, 2017, Sellers’ father once again made himself present in his daughter’s life in the best way. His act has left the internet collectively crying. Most importantly, this surprise reminds everyone how important it is to truly cherish the things that are important in life.
On her 21st birthday, Sellers received a bouquet of flowers. Included in the beautiful arrangement was a letter that her father had written before he passed away more than five years ago. The letter is what we would all want to hear from a long-lost loved one.
“Bailey, this is my last love letter to you until we meet again,” the letter starts. “I do not want you to shed another tear for me my baby girl for I am in a better place. You are and will always be the most precious jewel I was given.”
Her dad went on to write: “It is your 21st birthday, and I want you to always respect your momma and stay true to yourself. Be happy and live life to the fullest. I will still be with you through every milestone, just look around and there I will be. I love you boo boo and happy birthday!!! Daddy.”
Attached to the letter was an old photo of the father and daughter. It was taken a long time ago at the beach when Sellers was still a young girl. The letter was an incredibly thoughtful gesture and Sellers knew that she couldn’t keep it to herself.
Sellers decided to share a photo of her father’s letter on Twitter. It didn’t take much for her post to capture people’s attention. The photo was liked more than 1.5 million times and it had thousands of retweets.
“Ugh bailey i literally cried. i’m so sorry for your loss as i know how losing a father feels. this is so so special. i hope you had a happy birthday and know your daddy is looking over you girl,” tweeted another user.
Another wrote, “Yeah I'm sobbing. My dad died suddenly with no warning in 2015. What a blessing that he was able to do this for you. I have one card of his framed on my wall. It's all I have.”
In a follow-up tweet, Sellers explained that she had been receiving these letters every year and this was the last one. "Every year I looked forward to my birthday because I felt like [my dad] was still here with me but this is the last year I get them so it's so heart breaking," Sellers wrote.
“Very Sad and yet so very Beautiful.........,” one Twitter user replied to her thread. “Just because these are the last flowers he sent it doesn't mean that its the last time that he planned for, the 21st flowers represent the beginning of your adult life - time for you to plan for you!”
Although it's a bittersweet gift to receive on your 21st birthday, I'm sure it really meant a lot to Sellers.
“Makes sense, Bailey," another user replied kindly. “But I hope you can also see the message he likely intended by stopping [his letters]. He believes in you. He believes that you are capable of wondrous things. He believes YOU are ready to be without the flowers even if you don't know it yet.”
Sellers may not have any more letters to look forward to, but she does have an important message from her father that she can live by. He may not be physically around, but the 21-year-old knows that her father is always with her, reminding her to stay true to herself. What else would we want to hear from a loved one who is dearly missed?
But this letter doesn’t merely hold an important message for Sellers. The letter is also a reminder of how short life is. If it sounds like a cliché, that’s because you are lucky enough to have never lost someone close to you. But trust us, it doesn’t feel like a cliché if you have lost a loved one.