Bailey Sellers turned 21 this week and got flowers from her dad. This would not seem out of the ordinary, were it not for the fact that her father passed away five years ago from cancer.
In a tweet, Sellers offered an explanation: before her father passed away, he prepaid for flowers to be sent to her every year on her birthday until she turned 21.
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
She also posted a photo of a letter he wrote to go with the flowers.@SellersBailey/Twitter
Her father wrote:
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’ll be.
I love you Boo Boo and Happy Birthday!!!!
Her post got a shoutout on Twitter Moments and was retweeted more than 300,000 times. Many Twitter users reached out to Sellers to share their condolences or how moved they were by her story.
@SellersBailey your story make me cry! Such a beautiful gesture from your dad! I’m from Argentina and this reach a digital newspaper! Amazing, and very fullfiling! We need more stories full of love like yours in a world like today! Happy 21! Regards!
— Macky (@Mhn_Gleek) November 26, 2017
@SellersBailey as a father, your story pulled on my heart strings. What I great father he must have been. All the best to you! Thanks for sharing such an emotional part of your life with all of us ?
— RyanJ (@ryannastie) November 26, 2017
Sellers responded to the outpouring of messages.
Already been the best birthday of my life. Thank you to everyone who shared my dads flowers and note today. ❤ I am trying to message everyone back but it might take me a few days. @Daniel_T_West pic.twitter.com/yqqHHZWfDI
— Bailey Sellers (@SellersBailey) November 26, 2017
Her father wanted to remind her that he would always be with her no matter what. But his simple act of love has not only touched her but inspired millions of people all over the world.