Daughter Is Surprised with Letter Every Birthday From Her Father Who Died 4 Years Ago

Dying Father Sends Daughter Flowers and Letters on Her Birthday

Four years ago, just a month before her 17th birthday, Bailey Sellers’ father Michael passed away from pancreatic cancer. But before he died, Michael found a way to be with his daughter every year on her birthday, even after he was gone. Facing a future where he wouldn’t be able to physically be there for his teenage daughter, he arranged for her to receive a bouquet of flowers and a card every year up until her 21st birthday. Last week, Bailey turned 21 and received one last bouquet from her dad, along with a love letter, as a final goodbye and a reminder that one day, they will meet again.

This year—being the last one that she would receive her father’s gift—was particularly emotional for Bailey. “When I opened this card, I especially felt him with me. It’s a cold feeling, then a happy feeling at the same time.” she said. She tweeted images of the beautiful flowers, the touching letter, and a childhood photo of the pair, together at the beach. This year's heartfelt message read: “This is my last letter to you until we meet again” and “I will still be with you with every milestone, just look around and there I will be.”

As of today, Bailey’s tweet has received well over one million likes, 350,000 retweets, and over a thousand replies with kind words from strangers. Bailey has even appeared on the British breakfast show, Good Morning Britain, live from her native Knoxville, Tennessee, where she talked to Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid about her late dad’s gifts.

When she was just 16, Bailey Seller’s father died of cancer, but before passing away, he made final arrangements for her to receive flowers and a letter from him on each birthday.

Dying Father Sends Daughter Flowers and Letters on Her BirthdayDying Father Sends Daughter Flowers and Letters on Her Birthday

Bailey tweeted the 5th and final heartwarming letter on her 21st birthday.

She received over a thousand replies with kind words from strangers.

Bailey Sellers: Twitter
h/t: [Neatorama, Reddit]

All images via Bailey Sellers.

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.
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