A Tennessee woman rang in her 21st birthday with a bittersweet gift from her late father, who made it his mission to celebrate his “baby girl,” even after he was gone.
Bailey Sellers lost her father to cancer when she was just 16 years old.
But before he passed away, Michael William Sellers ensured that he would be a part of his daughter’s birthday for years to come.
He pre-paid for a bouquet of flowers to be delivered to his daughter for every birthday until she turned 21.
“Miss you so much daddy,” she wrote on Twitter Friday, sharing a photo of a beautiful bunch of purple and white flowers.
Sellers’ father also included a card with a heartfelt note for his daughter.
“This is my last love letter to you until we meet again,” he wrote. “I don’t want you to shed another tear for me my baby girl for I am in a better place.”
He told her to always respect her mother and remain true to herself, as well as to be happy and live life to the fullest.
“You are and will always be the most precious jewel I was given,” he wrote. “I will still be with you through every mile stone, just look around and there I will be.I love you boo boo and happy birthday!!!! Daddy”
The bouquet would be Michael Sellers’ last gift to his daughter.
“Every year I looked forward to my birthday because I felt like he was still here with me but this is the last year I get them so it's so heart breaking,” she wrote on Twitter.
Michael Sellers was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer two weeks after Christmas 2012, Sellers told The New York Post.
He was given two weeks to live, but survived six months until he passed away.
He left behind Sellers, her mother and her three older siblings.
Sellers’ tweet about her father’s gift had been shared more than 300,000 times as of Sunday.
“I honestly think that was my dad,” she told the Post. “He was trying to make my birthday spectacular.”