We can never have enough heartwarming social media moments. And one woman’s post about a gift from her dad, sent five years after he died, has everyone reaching for the tissues.

Before he lost his battle with pancreatic cancer, Michael Sellers organised for his then 16-year-old daughter to receive flowers on her birthday every year until she turned 21.

birthday message from late dad

This week, Bailey Sellers, from Knoxville, Tennessee, celebrated her 21st birthday. She turned to Twitter to mark the special day with an absolute tearjerker of a tribute to her Dad:

“My dad passed away when I was 16 from cancer and before he died he prepaid flowers so i could receive them every year on my birthday. Well this is my 21st birthday flowers and the last. Miss you so much daddy.”

Sellers, who dropped out of school to help care for her father during his illness, shared a number of photos. One image shows a beautiful card that he had handwritten for her to receive with the final bunch of flowers.

‘I love you, Boo Boo’

In the card her father tells her not to shed another tear for him and to live life to the fullest. He signs off the truly touching message by saying:

“I will still be with you through every milestone, just look around and there I will be.

I love you Boo Boo and Happy Birthday, Daddy.”

Bailey Sellers card from her father

Bailey’s heart-breaking tribute has nearly 370,000 re-tweets and 1.5 million likes with many users telling Sellers that it simply had them in tears. They also offered words of comfort, support and birthday messages, like this one:

“Bailey, what an incredible gift to receive from your father! It may be the last birthday flowers but his love for you will endure forever. Wishing you a very happy birthday!”

Bailey says this has been the best birthday of her life and has thanked everyone for sharing her post.

This isn’t the first time a father-daughter tribute has had us in tears. Last year we were balling our eyes out over this woman’s wedding dance tribute to her late dad.

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Originally from the UK, but now very much at home on the sunny NSW Central Coast, Sarah is mum to 18-month-old Freddy. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her at the beach, chasing Freddy at high speed, or drinking tea and eating cake whilst thinking about going to the gym.

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