A Brooklyn, New York woman got a heartwarming surprise this week by way of a letter from her mother—sent way back in 1969.
I love this story so much, you guys. According to Fox, the letter arrived last week at the Sheepshead Bay childhood home of Susan Heifetz on Wednesday. The current resident decided to see if he could track down its intended recipient.
The [current resident] found a phone number online for Heifetz, who works as a real-estate agent, and gave her a call. "I was like, 'Oh, my gosh,'" Heifetz said, referring to her amazement when she was told about the smooched envelope. The man told Heifetz he had a letter for her that her was mailed back in 1969.
Both Heifetz's mother and father are now deceased. She said she was emotional when she went to pick up the letter, originally sent to her on her 19th birthday. It contained the typical, happy greetings from a giddy mom excited about a daughter's birthday. Via The New York Post:
Inside was a tender birthday card dated June 27, 1969, wishing her health, happiness, success and a long life. "Dear daughter Susan," her mother wrote at the top of the card. "Mazel tov!" The bottom was signed, "Love and kisses, Mamma Molly and Daddy Sam."
She also got a few more letters, one sent by her brother and one sent by an old boyfriend who was in Vietnam at the time:
"Remember me?" the letter, postmarked Oct. 25, 1969, began. She remembered. "He had tried to reach me before he went overseas," Heifetz said. "But in 1969 there were no answering machines."
Heifetz said she thought the letters were a sign. She had been struggling with a decision to move closer to her brother, in Las Vegas, leaving behind her parents who were laid to rest in Brooklyn.
"I always knew that my parents watched over the family. It's something else to get something like this. It validates everything," she told CBS.
The best part? Heifetz's mother routinely sealed her letters with a kiss, so it was pretty easy to instantly recognize the familiar marking on the envelope.
"Her Max Factor lipstick 45 years later . . . it hasn't faded," she said.
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