Around Christmas, many children write letters to Santa Claus describing how they have been on good behavior this past year and asking for specific presents. One 7-year-old boy in Georgia, however, always writes a letter to his deceased father.
Alejandro was only 4 years old when his father died, but that doesn’t stop him from trying to communicate with his father. Currently living in Oxford, Georgia, twice a year Alejandro writes a letter and attaches it with a picture to a helium balloon to send to his father.
Without fail, he sends one on his father’s birthday as well as on the anniversary of his father’s death. “For Alejandro, his father was his hero. They were inseparable,” said Alejandro’s mother, Yudy Catherine Bonilla Ramirez.
This year, however, thanks to stormy weather on the day he released his letter, it did not reach its destination and was blown into the backyard of a family 20 miles away. Suzanne Womac Edwards and her husband noticed it but were unaware of what it was.
“I saw an object in our yard and didn’t know what it was,” Suzanne Edwards told WAGA. “It was raining all day on Tuesday, so we didn’t go outside, so we were able to retrieve the object this morning.”
Her husband went out to retrieve it, but when he came inside, Suzanne noticed there were tears in his eyes. It was the helium balloon carrying a letter to Alejandro’s father; it had popped and dropped onto their property and into their hearts.
“My husband walked in the door with a tear in his eye and told me to read the note. After I read the note, I just cried!” exclaimed Suzanne.
The note read:
“Dad, I wish you were here so we could have fun together. I wish you a Merry Christmas. I hope you tell God to give me those presents. I hope you are happy in heaven. If you are, ok then tell me. I love you, Alexander.”
Instantly, Suzanne knew she needed to find Alejandro. “I really want to meet this little boy. It was such an intimate letter between him and his daddy. Knowing that I am a believer, I want to let Alexander know that heaven is a happy place and want to reassure him of that. What a better time of year than not to take your family for granted.”
She decided to go to social media in an attempt to answer Alejandro’s letter. “I thought that if he did not receive a response he would assume that his dad was not OK. So I felt a responsibility to respond to him,” said Suzanne.
Writing on Facebook to Alejandro specifically she posted, “I am certain that your daddy didn’t want to leave you or cause you to feel lonely or sad. But in Heaven, he is OK and he is happy “
Quickly spreading through the community, Suzanne’s post fell on the eyes of Alejandro’s mother. She read Suzanne’s response to Alejandro which did not leave a dry eye in the room.
“He had tears in his eyes. He was happy to know his father is OK in heaven and heaven is a very good place for him,” Yudy said.
Alejandro’s mom knows this was not an accident saying, “I feel that this happened because miracles exist. I believe my husband used angels to tell Alejandro he’s OK in heaven.”
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