A postman went out of his way to keep her letter safe.
Eight years ago Susan Tully from England lost her husband, Tony. At the time the couple’s daughter was just four months old.
The little girl grew up without her father, but he was never far from her thoughts. According to a report in the BBC, the young girl, now 8, “really struggled” without her dad and often wrote him letters as a way of feeling closer to him. She adorably addressed these letters to “Heaven, Cloud, PO Box 29.”
Yet, the story of her heavenly letter-writing only came about when a diligent postman, known only as Simon, spotted one of her letters. As the envelope wasn’t stamped, and so undeliverable, he was anxious that the letter would get thrown in the garbage.
Simon was particularly moved by the letter, as he’d lost his own father the year before. So he asked his boss if he could try and track down the sender.
After posting an image of the envelope on social media, Simon received thousands of comments, and was able to find Tully, who was “overwhelmed” by the attention the letter had garnered online.
Simon arranged to drop off the unopened letter to Tully, along with a thoughtful father-daughter figurine as a present for the little writer.
Tully explained to the BBC how tricky it had been for her daughter to fully comprehend the situation, considering she lost her father at such a young age: “She was so small and she’s only just starting to understand. I think this year it might have hit her the hardest because she was more emotional.”
Thanks to Simon’s gesture, Tully has felt the support of the social media community. She plans on keeping the letter to give to her daughter when she’s older, along with a copy of all the comments on the social media thread
Of course, while people usually offer up prayers for their loved ones who’ve passed away, it’s lovely to see the faith that this little girl has that her daddy is in heaven, receiving her mail, and looking over her. What a comfort that must bring.