A 16-year-old girl, Ashlynn Marracino had gotten an amazing response after she wrote a letter on the side of a helium balloon to her dad who died from a brain aneurysm in 2010 and ‘sent it to heaven’ with hope of ‘receiving a sign that he’s there’.
It was learnt that writing the letter to her late father became an annual ritual which she always did on her late dad’s birthday every January 6.
Her father had been in prison until she was 10, allowing them only a year together before he died.
This year, 2015 was quite different according to KCBS TV as she finally got a reply after the deflated balloon was found by a restaurant owner, Lisa Swisley outside her restaurant 436 miles away in Auburn, California.
Swislley decided to share letter on a pay-it-forward website she had recently started and hundreds of people were prompted to send packages and messages of support to the bereaved.
The letter read, ‘I don’t like how I never had you in my life, it’s not fair, show me a sign please.
‘Anything to let me know you’re there, I miss you so much and I want you back.’
‘While I was writing it, I was just crying so much and then when I let it go I just kind of calmed down and watched it,’ she continued.
‘I didn’t think anybody would find it.’
Ashlynn added, ‘I told him to show me a sign, and I think this is it.
‘It’s a sign not to hold grudges, to forgive really easily, that he loves me and and not be down or get down on myself.’