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teen-girl-writes-sweet-message-to-her-deceased-father-on-a-balloon-asking-for-a-signand-she-got-onePhoto: Ashlynn Marracino

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16 year-old Ashlynn Marracino of Whittier, Calif. writes her father a letter every year on his birthday, January 6, since he passed of a brain aneurysm in 2010. But this year was a little different.

She released a balloon with a hand-written note to her deceased dad, and someone who found it along the California coast was truly touched. 


Photo: Ashlynn Marracino

The message read, "I've been playing softball for 11 years now. Can you believe it? I Hope you helped me out with all those home runs. I don't like how I never had you in my life. It's not fair. Show me a sign please. Anything to let me know you're there. I miss you so much and I want you back."

Lisa Swisley, who owns a restaurant in Auburn, Calif. (over 400 miles away), found the balloon outside.

"I think it came to us for a reason."

Jacob Brandt was leaving lunch when he came across it on the ground. He thought it was trash but quickly realized it was something much greater than that. 

Swisley found Marracino on Facebook and they talked on Skype Monday evening for the first time. Swisley recently started a "Pay It Forward" Facebook page for her town. She shared the teen’s letter, and now cards and packages for the young gal are pouring in.

"I told him to show me a sign, and I think this is a sign to not hold grudges and to forgive really easily," Marracino said.

The night before her father died, she saw he called and didn't pick up. "I wish I could fix it," she said.

Well, we hope she finally got the sign she’s been wanting. She said she felt that he was telling her that "He loves me and let's me not be down or get down on myself." 

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