When was the day that you knew you were an adult? Was it when you voted for the president for the first time? Or was it when you faced your first rent or mortgage payment? Perhaps it was when you hit bottom and had to fight to rise back up and succeed. Being an adult is something that can sneak up on us, or it can be something that slaps us in the face. The day that Bailey Sellers knew that she was an adult was when she turned 21 because that was the day her deceased dad stopped sending her flowers.
In November, Bailey shared her birthday joy with the world via a Tweet. She wrote it on November 24, a Friday.
“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. Well, this is my 21st birthday flowers and the last. Miss you so much daddy.”
Despite losing her father when she was in the middle of her teenage years, she went on to be a success. Besides being a beautiful daughter to a loving father, she became a psychology student at Eastern Tennessee University. Her father, Michael, was stripped from her life back in 2012 when pancreatic cancer won the battle.
Despite his death, he has given her birthday presents for the past five years. Sellers has been sharing photos of her birthday flowers on social media since she began receiving them. But this time is special. In the note that her dad wrote, it told her this would be the final time. She was an adult now. Her Tweet went viral overnight with 335,000 retweets and a staggering 1.4 million likes.
Sellers admitted that getting a final present from her dad was “very awesome and sad all at the same time.”
But her father didn’t just let the heartwarming tradition fall off without a letter. And as you’ll see when you read his words, they are filled with love and hope despite what he faced in his last weeks of life.
“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. 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.”
Bailey appreciated how her father had made “her birthday spectacular” all those years after he passed. The bouquet of flowers was his way of supporting her despite the hardship she faced losing him.
Others could not help but tear up at the thought of this dad’s gift from the grave.
One user wrote, “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.”
It will be hard for Bailey to move on, but to know that her father believes in her will give her some help in her years to come.