An air-lifted message from the grave? Balloons released at dad’s grave on Father’s Day incredibly turn up 25 miles away at the family’s home.
On the first Father’s Day since John Seibold passed away from pancreatic cancer, the man’s grief-stricken wife Sandy Seibold and daughter Saige, 13, visited his grave. They decided to bring a few balloons that afternoon and release them into the sky. Attached to the balloons was a note asking the person who finds them to reach out to family.
Saige had composed a handwritten note at the gravesite in which she explained that her father had recently died and asked whoever found her message to contact her. She tied the letter to a balloon that said “#1 Dad” and then bundled it up with seven other balloons.
“He was an amazing man,” Sandy told the Daily News. “He was a hard worker, and he loved us. He did everything he could to get us everything that we wanted. We had a really good life, and that was hard to lose.”
At first, when Saige released the balloons, they got caught in a power line. But after a few minutes, a gust of wind caught them and they flew up into the sky.
After the pair left the grave site, they ran some errands around town before heading back home, nearly 25 miles away.
Saige went to the pasture where she and her father often worked together, and noticed something tangled in a fence. When she got closer, she discovered it was the same letter she’d released earlier that day — it had flown straight home!
Sandy exclaimed, “What are the chances?”
“I think I started crying. It felt like a message from him.” She added, “It has given us a lot of peace and, you know, just feeling good about where he’s at.”