They truly had a special bond…
In 2013, Bailey Sellers‘ dad Mike died from pancreatic cancer leaving behind a wife and three other children.
Shortly after her father’s death, the Tennessee-native received a special — and surprising — gift for her 17th birthday:
A bouquet of flowers sent from Mike himself!
The East Tennessee State University student told People:
“I had no idea I was getting these flowers, whatsoever… When I turned 17, I got home one day and I found a bouquet of flowers on the front porch. I had no idea who they were from and I was very surprised.”
Before he passed, Mike pre-paid for birthday flowers to be delivered to Bailey every year until she turned 21. Last Friday, she posted pics of the final bouquet — including her father’s touching note — on social media:
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. ├░┼╕ΓÇÖ┼ô pic.twitter.com/vSafKyB2uO
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Bailey Sellers (@SellersBailey) November 24, 2017
Mike lovingly wrote to his daughter:
“This is my last love letter to you until we meet again.”
Bailey was her father’s “best friend,” and the only one of his children to receive the sweet package.
“I think he left me flowers because he knew I would be taking it the hardest.”
Additionally, while he was battling the illness, Bailey was homeschooled at 16 in order to take care of her sick papa.
“I got homeschooled pretty much so I could spend time and take care of my dad while my mom worked to take care of us… The experience made me a better person. If I wouldn’t have gotten homeschooled, I wouldn’t have seen him suffer everyday and I wouldn’t have understood… When he did finally pass, it was kind of like happiness and sadness combined. I was happy that he was no longer suffering and he was in a much better place now ├óΓé¼┬ª That experience made me grow up and mature.”
Her heartfelt tweet has gone viral, and has racked up over 1.5 million likes.
[Image via Bailey Sellers/Twitter.]