A grief-stricken teenager who wrote a ‘letter to heaven’ on a balloon for her late dad has received an amazingly moving response after it floated 400 miles before landing.
Ashlynn Marracino has almost every year since her dad died of a brain aneurysm in 2010, been writing him a letter, but she’s never had a response until now.
Since then, it has become something of a tradition for the 16-year-old to mark his birthday by penning him a letter and sending it on a balloon. But this year, to her amazement, she received an unexpected reply.
The balloon was send sailing into the sky from Ashlynn’s home in Whittier, Los Angeles, California, and floated 436 miles to the city of Auburn.
She did receive a sign of sorts as restaurant owner Lisa Swisley discovered the deflated balloon and decided to give the teenager a touching surprise.
Lisa said: “You have missed so much and I miss you,” it said. “And I love you, miss you like crazy!”
Lisa shared the letter on a Pay It Forward Facebook page, designed to recognise and promote random acts of kindness and goodwill, imploring members to get involved.
Speaking to ABC News, she said: “I thought it would be cool to send her something to show my support, i jumped on a Pay It Forward page I follow on Facebook and asked people to contribute.”
KCBS report has it that Ashlynn’s dad was in prison until she reached the age of 10, and he only had one year with her before his death.
The TV station reported that her letter read: “I’ve been playing softball for 11 years now. Can you believe it? I Hope you helped me out with all those home runs.
“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.”