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She Was Dreading Another Mother’s Day Without Her Son — Then She Received a ‘Treasure’ in the Mail That She Will Never Forget


"I'm so glad he did."

Image source: WBIR-TV

After Gail Sharp's 17-year-old son Cameron was killed more than a year ago in a car accident, she was dreading spending another Mother's Day without him.

Cameron Sharp (Image source: WBIR-TV) Cameron Sharp (Image source: WBIR-TV)

But then an envelope arrived at her residence in Andersonville, Tennessee — and the scrawl on the front at first caught her off guard...and then made her Mother's Day particularly memorable.

"I could tell by the envelope that it was Cameron's handwriting," Sharp told WBIR-TV in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Gail Sharp (Image source: WBIR-TV) Gail Sharp (Image source: WBIR-TV)

It was a 30-word letter her late son had written to himself on May 22, 2007 — more than seven years ago — as part of a middle school assignment. The letter reads, "Dear Cameron. On this day my brother will graduate from middle school. On the same day I watched the movie Night at the Museum. My favorite teacher is Mr. Cawood."

Image source: WBIR-TV Image source: WBIR-TV

Cameron Sharp's teacher back then, Dale Caldwell, said students were supposed to write themselves a letter to remind them of what they enjoy most in life, what things perhaps didn't go their way, their dreams, their best friends, and their feelings about it all. And then Caldwell mails the letters to the students the month of their high school graduation.

Sharp was a senior when he died in January 2013 and would have graduated high school last May, but Caldwell's timing turned out to be perfect.

He told WBIR that when he came across Sharp's letter, he "paused and asked myself, 'Do I mail this?' But I knew that probably it would be really special to his mother."

Dean Caldwell (Image source: WBIR-TV) Dean Caldwell (Image source: WBIR-TV)

It was.

"I'm so glad he did," Gail Sharp said. "I really am glad that he did."

The unexpected creation from the hand of her late son is a poignant reminder of him.

"I always thought his penmanship was atrocious," Gail Sharp said. "I always told him that he needs to practice on his penmanship, but looking at it now it's a treasure to us."

(H/T: Yahoo Shine)

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