Little boy sends birthday card to 'dad in heaven' and gets heartwarming reply from postman
At some point in life, many of us will go through the horrible experience of losing a parent. A person you love dearly, who raised you, who has been there since day one, is suddenly gone forever. If you're an adult, you have a lifetime of memories to fall back on and buttress the loss. But if you're a child, you're robbed of that bittersweet comfort, and are forced to reckon with death at an age far too young.
Thankfully, the world contains good samaritans who do heartwarming acts of kindness for strangers. In 2014, a family in Bathgate, Scotland, suffered a tragic loss. The father, James Copland, suddenly died at the age of 28. Four years later, the youngest child, Jase, asked the postman to deliver a birthday card to his father in heaven. On the envelope, the seven-year-old boy wrote, "Mr Postman can you take this to heaven for my dad's birthday thanks."
Shortly afterward, Sam Milligan, the assistant delivery office manager for Royal Mail, wrote Jase back. His touching letter informs the boy that there were some galactic obstacles, but the card made it to heaven safely.
"While we've been delivering your post, we became aware of some concerns. So I just wanted to take the opportunity to contact you about how we succeeded in the delivery of your letter to your dad in heaven. This was a difficult challenge avoiding stars and other galactic objects en route to heaven.
"However please be assured that this particular important item of mail has been delivered. Royal Mail's priority is to get out customers' mail delivered safely. I know how how important your mail is to you. I will continue to do all I can to ensure delivery to heaven safely."
The mother, Teri Copland, who has another child, 10-year-old Nieve, thanked the postman for his letter on Facebook. "I actually cannot state how emotional [Jase] is knowing his dad got his card," she wrote. "You didn’t have to make the effort to do this you could have just ignored it but the fact that yous have made the effort for a little boy you’ve never met is such a lovely thing to do Royal Mail you’ve just restored my faith in humanity and thank you it honestly means the world to him please share this so all the staff at Royal Mail know just how grateful we are."
The emotional post went viral, getting more than 325,000 likes. In the comments, people expressed how touched they were by the "angel on Earth's" kind act. "Above and beyond the call of duty," wrote one person, while another added, "I am in tears reading this." But perhaps this comment says it all: "God bless this man and may God continue to surround this child with people as this man."