Rowan’s father, Joseph, died two years ago from Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, a rare degenerative neurological disorder.
Before he died, Joseph joined the Navy and sought two Master’s degrees from MIT. When he drove from Boston to his family’s home in Littleton, Colorado, Joseph would stop in every state he passed through and send a postcard to his son.
The postcards were sent in 2007.
On March 7, Rowan and his mother, Julie Van Stone, received another postcard from Joseph.
"I vaguely remember him saying I sent 5 or 6, and I only got 3 or 4 in the mail. But I never thought anything of it," Van Stone told KUSA.
The postcard read: “Hello from Pennsylvania. I love you, and I miss you so much. See you soon, love daddy.”
Rowan and his mother don’t know how the postcard wound up in their mailbox eight years after it was sent, but Van Stone thinks it was meant to be.
"I feel like that was the final goodbye that he didn't get to say," she said.
Before he died, Joseph’s last words were: "Everything is a circle. We will see each other again. All that matters is love.”
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