(WTNH)– A 16-year-old girl in California wrote a message to her late father on a balloon and sent it soaring in the sky, ABC News reports.
“You have missed so much and I miss you,” Ashlynn Marracino wrote on the balloon. “And I love you and miss you like crazzy!”
Ashlynn also included what she has been up to lately and asked him to send her a sign.
She released the balloon on her late father’s birthday, January 6. She is a student in Whittier, California. The balloon landed 436 miles away in Auburn, California. The person who found the balloon brought it into a local restaurant.
“I showed up at my restaurant and a customer handed it to me,” restaurant owner Lisa Swisley said. “I noticed there was writing on it and I got very teary-eyed.”
Swisley connected to Ashlynn over Skype. To show her support to Ashlynn, Swisley went to a pay-it-forward page on Facebook and asked people to contribute. People started sending Ashlynn care packages and letters sharing their own experiences with loss.
“It’s all been so unbelievable,” Swisley said.
When asked if she wanted her balloon back, Ashlynn told Swisley to keep it at the restaurant to inspire customers.