Handwritten letters are sentimental keepsakes. They express a person's deepest thoughts and emotions in their unique writing style.
So when UK secondhand bookshop owner Gordon Draper found a letter from a dying mom to her daughter inside one of the books in his store, he knew he had to find the rightful owner.
Bethany (My little treasure) If your dad is reading this to you, it is because I have died and gone to heaven to live with the angels. My chest was very poorly and I had an operation to make it better, but it didn't work. I will always be in the sky making sure you are alright and watching over you. So when you see a bright star like in the nursery rhyme 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star,' that's me. Be a good girl and live a long happy life. Your dad and Granda [sic] will look after you and take you to school. I will always love you and don't let anyone tell you it's wrong to talk about me because its not. I hope you don't forget me because I'll always be your mam. Lots of hugs and kisses. Goodbye, Mam P.S. I'm depending on you to look after Rosie for me now. Don't forget her will you not.
Draper and his friend Albert Mark worked to find the letter's owner, Bethany Gash. Luckily, a close friend of Gash's read about Draper and Mark's search, and contacted Gash.
Things came to a happy conclusion when Gash collected the letter. She said it has been 15 years since it had gone missing.
Gash told local reporters that her mother, Lisa, died of cystic fibrosis in 1999, at the age 36. Her father did read her the letter when she was four, but it was lost after they moved.
Now, at 21 years old, she has the letter and accompanying photo back in her possession. She told the Telegraph that she assumed it was lost forever,
"I didn't think there would be a chance of ever seeing it again."
Gash's story not only shows how important letters can be to a person, it also shows important the kindness of strangers is. Thanks to Draper, Gash has a piece of her mother back that she can look at and remember her with.
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(H/T: The Star)