It's always a heartbreaking when a child dies before their parents, there's the sadness that a mother feels, the tragedy of a young life cut short too soon, and a heartache that nothing can fill. These are what Cindy Mathis from Georgia was left with when her 16-year-old daughter Macy died in a car accident. But after the tragedy, Mathis discovered that Macy had left her with something else.
Mathis remembers her daughter as a second mother, who would help her look after her three younger brothers.
Macy was also very creative, as you can tell from the last birthday gift she gave her mother: a set of letters.
Each letter had a message on the front: "open when...you miss me," or when "you're excited" or when "you're lonely." Mathis read a handful of them, then put the collection away.
Macy's car accident was just days later. After living in grief for a month, Mathis found one of her daughter's letters and started revisiting the collection, starting with "open when...you can't sleep."
"I want you to know that I love you," Macy had written, "I feel like I don’t tell you that enough. And since you can’t sleep and you’re probably stressed about something, I need you to know that I love you”
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