A father who died in 1999 left behind a birthday card for his son to open on the day he turned 30.
The photo, posted by Redditor ChrisBenRoy, was shared the day after the milestone birthday.
“Yesterday was my 30th birthday and my dad got me a card,” he wrote alongside the photo. “He passed away in 1999."
The front of the card showed a dog with a speech bubble that said, “You’re 30? You know what that means.” On the inside was a humorous message that read, “Time to remove ‘dude’ from your vocabulary and turn your baseball cap around.”
The man’s father, who prepared the card before he passed away in anticipation of his death, finished the touching card with a simple signuature. “Love ya,” he wrote, “Dad.”
“My dad also died in 1999 when I was 9 and my mom and stepdad handed me a card for my high school graduation that was from my dad. I was 18,” Redditor Eat_me_now wrote in response to the photo. “They had found it 2 weeks prior in the cedar chest he made for me when I was a baby. I bawled my eyes out.”
ChrisBenRoy later commented and elaborated on the story behind the special gift.
“A little backstory: My father passed away from Liver/Lung cancer in 1999 after battling it for a year and a half. After so much chemo and medication, he just couldn't take that quality of life anymore and realized it was his time to go,” he wrote.
“I assume at that point he bought cards for my brother and I's milestone birthdays," he added. "It caught me totally off guard and made me so very happy. It felt like he was still there, holding something I'd never seen before that he touched, and signed himself, it was if he had just done it yesterday.”
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