Perhaps the most significant challenge in life is when we lose a loved one. Whether it is a parent, a friend, a spouse, a child, or a grandparent, it is tough to move forward in the wake of the loss. And holidays and other special occasion are all the harder because that person is not there. It’s like they’re a reminder of the loss you’ve suffered.
But if there is one thing we all share in common it is this feeling of loss. There is not a person who has not lost someone close to them. And if they haven’t, someone they know has.
When Michael Williams Seller received his cancer diagnosis, it couldn’t have come at a worse time. It was two weeks after Christmas in 2012, and doctors gave him just two weeks to live.
Although doctors thought he would pass away much sooner, Seller had a fighting spirit. He survived for six months.
Since he had more time to plan, he managed to make sure that his youngest daughter’s birthday would still be special – even after he had gone.
He knew that her birthdays would always be bittersweet. She’s be celebrating another year of life, but she’d always think that she wished her dad could be with her to see her grow.
Seller knew he had to do something. And because he had more time to plan, he managed to come up with a wonderful solution before he passed.
He arranged to have flowers and a letter delivered to his daughter on every one of her birthdays until she turned 21.
It was a wonderful gift.
“My dad passed away when I was 16 from cancer and before he died he prepaid flowers so I could receive them every year on my birthday,” his youngest daughter, Bailey, shared on Twitter. She is a student in Knoxville, Tennessee.
“Well, this is my 21st birthday flowers and the last. Miss you so much daddy,” she wrote.
Because she wished her dad was with her, her birthdays have been a bittersweet reminder.
“Ever since my dad passed away I’ve hated my birthday, and I dread it every year because he always made it so special,” she told The New York Post. “I was especially dreading my 21st birthday because I knew it would be the last year. That letter was very very awesome and sad all at the same time.”
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
“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. You are and will always be the most precious jewel I was given. 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”
What a wonderful father.
What is your reaction to his final act as a father before cancer took him away?