A bouquet of red and purple flowers sat on the front porch when Bailey Sellers got home from lunch with friends.
With it was a note: “You will be receiving this until your 21st. Love, Dad.”
Sellers had just turned 17.
Then came pink flowers for her 18th birthday; red for her 19th; pink and white for her 20th; and finally, different shades of purple for her 21st.
Purple is the color symbolizing awareness for pancreatic cancer, the illness that killed Michael Sellers on Aug. 25, 2013, three months before his daughter’s 17th birthday.
But Michael Sellers had planned ahead, preordering different arrangements from a local flower shop in Maryville, Tennessee, for his youngest daughter’s birthday until she turned 21. He wrote different notes for each arrangement.
“He wanted to make sure that she knew that she was loved, and that he would be there through every milestone,” his widow, Kristi Sellers, told The Washington Post. “He wanted to make sure that she understood that he was there.”
Bailey Sellers celebrated her 21st birthday Sunday. With the bouquet was a card decorated with colorful butterflies, a bittersweet and final goodbye from a father to “his most precious jewel.”
Courtesy of Bailey SellersBailey Sellers and her father, Michael Sellers, who died of pancreatic cancer when Bailey was 17.
“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 . . . I will still be with you through every milestone, just look around and there I will be,” he wrote to her one last time.
As she’s done in the past, Bailey Sellers shared a picture of the bouquet on social media. She also posted the note and a photo of her in a bathing suit, sitting on her father’s shoulder.
“This year, I expected 10 likes just like I did every year,” she told The Post.
To her surprise, her story resonated with hundreds of thousands on social media.
“I woke up one morning with my phone completely frozen,” she said. “It’s crazy . . . I have no idea, I have no idea how it went viral.”
Michael Sellers had two other children from a previous marriage, a son and a daughter. He gained a stepdaughter when he married Kristi in 1994. Bailey Sellers, born two years later, was their only child together and the youngest of the four children.
Source:: The Denver Post – Lifestyle