My dad passed away when I was 16 from cancer and before he died he pre payed flowers so i could receive them every year on my birthday. Well this is my 21st birthday flowers and the last. Miss you so much daddy. ?? pic.twitter.com/vSafKyB2uO— Bailey Sellers (@SellersBailey) November 24, 2017
A Tennessee woman celebrated her birthday with a bittersweet gift from beyond the grave, flowers from her father, who died five years ago but still managed to make his “baby girl” smile.
Bailey Sellers' dad pre-paid for a bunch of flowers to be delivered to his young daughter for her birthday every year until she turned 21, knowing he would not live to be there in person after being diagnosed with cancer.
“My dad passed away when I was 16 from cancer and before he died he pre-paid flowers so I could receive them every year on my birthday,” the Knoxville woman said in a heartrending post on Twitter.
While the beautiful flowers are special to Sellers, she said it does make her special day rather difficult.
The note from her father said, “This is my last love letter to you until we meet again. I do not want you to shed another tear for me, my baby girl, for I am in a better place.”
Michael William Sellers also told his daughter to always respect her mother and stay true to herself.
“Be happy and live life to the fullest,” he wrote. “I will still be with you through every milestone, just look around and there I will be.”
Michael discovered he had stage four pancreatic cancer two weeks after Christmas in 2012. While he was only given two weeks to live, he survived for six months before passing.
“Every year I looked forward to my birthday because I felt like he was still here with me but this is the last year I get them so it's so heart breaking,” the daughter wrote on social media.
Having shared her dad's last words to her, it didn't take long for others to react and express how touching his gesture was. It also struck a powerful chord with others who lost their parents tragically young.
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 ??????— Hunter Kington (@HunterKington08) November 25, 2017
idk you but seeing this made me tear up, I’m so sorry for your loss, this is both sad and heartwarming that he did that for you— snow mexican (@thesn0wmexican) November 24, 2017
Outstanding idea and legacy for both of you and your relationship??— Marjorie Morgan (@Marjmorgan) November 25, 2017
You must be a very special young lady to have such a sweet Dady. Cherish every memory of him and expect every man in your life to cherish you to honor him.— Sandra Hearne ???????? (@SandraHearne2) November 25, 2017
Happy Birthday Bailey. He's only stopped sending cards. But he'll be sending you loads more stuff now. And now that you're 21, you won't have to wait for birthdays. He'll send you friends (total strangers wishing you happy b'day on the internet- where d'ya think that came from?)— Chatterbot ?? (@nandiniriyer) November 26, 2017
Her post has been shared over 250,000 times and liked by more than 1 million people.