The loss of her father left one teenager heartbroken. She missed him and was surprised when she received flowers and a letter from him a few months after his death.
Children need their parents, and when they are forced to walk through life without them, it can be challenging and lonely. One dad ensured his daughter would feel his presence for years after he was gone.
Bailey Sellers was her daddy's little girl, and she believed he would always be around to watch her develop into a young woman. Sadly, he wasn't. Read the tear-jerking story that will inspire you to cherish your loved ones today.
Bailey Sellers speaks about her beloved father who died in 2013. | Source: youtube.com/Washington Post
THE UNEXPECTED BOUQUET
Michael Sellers passed away in August 2013, three months before his daughter's 17th birthday. Cancer cut his time on earth short, but he did something to ensure his princess would feel his presence and love.
Bailey was confused when she saw purple and red flowers waiting on the front porch, and she was even more surprised when she read the accompanying note.
It stated: "You will be receiving this until your 21st. Love, Dad." The teenager was emotional as she realized what her father had arranged with a florist in Maryville, Tennessee.
HE WAS STILL WITH HER
Bailey would get a bouquet from him on her birthday for five years as a reminder that he was watching over her. Michael's wife, Kristi Sellers, knew of her husband's plan.
“He wanted to make sure that she knew that she was loved, and that he would be there through every milestone. He wanted to make sure that she understood that he was there.”
Each year, she got flowers from her dad paired with letters she would cherish forever. For her 18th, it was a pink bouquet. On her 19th, she received red flowers, and her 20th birthday was made memorable with a pink and white arrangement.
THE FINAL FLOWER DELIVERY FROM HER DAD
Finally, in 2017, she got one last bunch of flowers from her dad. It was a purple bouquet that left Bailey feeling bittersweet. She didn't want the flowers to stop coming.
The final arrangement offered her a heartbreaking goodbye and words of encouragement. The father called Bailey his "precious jewel" and urged her to be happy and live life to the fullest.
The note also included the following words:
“I do not want you to shed another tear for me my baby girl for I am in a better place.”
HER POST WENT VIRAL ONLINE
Over the years, Bailey shared photos of the flowers and letters from her dad on social media. She expected to get a few likes, but she was shocked by the response in 2017.
“I woke up one morning with my phone completely frozen. It’s crazy . . . I have no idea, I have no idea how it went viral.”
She was thrilled that the story touched so many people and happy to share a piece of her wonderful dad with the rest of the world.
SHE HAD A VERY CLOSE BOND WITH HER DAD
Michael had two other kids and left something special for them as well. He prayed over embroidered handkerchiefs that he wanted the kids to carry with them on their wedding days.
While Michael adored all of his children, Kristi pointed out that Bailey was the baby of their family. The father also bonded with her during their years together when he coached her basketball team.
His death affected her immensely because she was used to spending lots of time with them. When he was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer, Bailey stayed by his side as much as possible.
THEIR FINAL MOMENT TOGETHER
Bailey even stopped attending school and opted for a homeschooling curriculum so she could help around the house. She was grateful for the special time with him and recalled her final moments with her dad.
He had been in a coma for two weeks, and her mom was telling him everything would be okay. The teen was speechless as she saw her dad shake his head as a single tear fell from his closed eye.
SHE TATTOOED HIS WORDS ON HER WRIST
To remember that he was always close by, Bailey got a tattoo with the words from one of her father's letters. It was done in handwriting that resembled his and stated: "I will be watching over you from Heaven."
The daughter was thankful for everything her dad did for her, and she expressed: "Thank you for making me a strong person and loving me unconditionally."
SHE WILL GET FLOWERS FOR THE REST OF HER LIFE
After Bailey's post went viral, kind netizens offered to send her flowers on her birthday in memory of her dad. However, Rachael Ray did something even better.
The celebrity television host and chef arranged a lifetime supply of flowers for Bailey. One netizen explained:
"In his honor and yours, Rachel Ray was thoughtful enough to arrange for a bouquet to be delivered to you on your birthday every year. I don't even mind that she beat me to the punch!"
ANOTHER DYING PARENT LEFT A LETTER FOR HER KIDS
Bailey's father wasn't the only parent who left behind something special for their kids. A mother who was diagnosed with stage 4 kidney cancer in 2017 wrote letters to her loved ones. Her daughter shared one of the notes online, and it touched many.
In the note, the mother encouraged her beloved child, Hannah Summers, and she expressed:
"Remember I am still with you. If you have kids someday make sure they know how much I love them. Enjoy life and live each day as if it is your last."
Both Bailey and Hannah were encouraged by the messages from their parents. They shared it with the world to display the importance of appreciating each moment and making time for the ones you love.
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