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Christmas Tear Jerker

Discussion in 'Personal' started by florian gassmann, Nov 30, 2018.

  1. florian gassmann

    florian gassmann Star commenter

    A lovely story about Royal Mail. Jase Hyndman, seven, from West Lothian, sent a birthday card to his dad, who died in 2014, marked on the envelope "Mr Postman, Can you take this to heaven for my dad's birthday?", and some big-hearted manager at Royal Mail has written back to him:

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    Jase with his dad when a toddler:

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    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-46386387
     
  2. Camokidmommy

    Camokidmommy Established commenter

    Saw this on breakfast TV today and it did bring a tear to my eye. There are some lovely people out there. :D:D:D
     
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  3. InkyP

    InkyP Star commenter

    It was kindly meant but I'm not sure I'm entirely comfortable with the pretence. It's not like a letter from Father Christmas, it's pretending to be a letter from a real person who has died. I'm afraid I don't like it.
     
  4. Jamvic

    Jamvic Star commenter

    It doesn’t actually pretend to be a reply from his dad though.
     
  5. Camokidmommy

    Camokidmommy Established commenter

    For young children there is a lot of make believe and fabrication. It's how they learn and is one of the lovely parts of childhood. This child is learning to live with the loss of their dad. Going to 'heaven' isn't that what some religions believe happens so why can this child have a bit of support to cone to terms with this?

    Don't tell me you don't remember the Tooth Fairy, Father Christmas or the Easter Bunny? Or similar made up stuff...
     
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  6. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    Meanwhile in hell, Satan is going through the day's mail and say's "Another sodding Christmas wish list from a dyslexic kid..."
     
  7. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    A nice story FG.

    Put a smile on my face... cheers.
     
  8. sparkleghirl

    sparkleghirl Star commenter

    Not sure, They haven't actually replied as if from the dad. I think it's a lovely gesture and if it helps a little boy through a difficult time then it's a lovely thing to do.
     
  9. moonpenny

    moonpenny Occasional commenter

    I’m not religious but I like to think the people I loved who are not around anymore are still there looking out for me. I always feel this about my dad who was always there for me when he was alive. If people close to you had a big influence on your life, that still carries on even when they are gone to some extent.

    I saw this before and thought it was a nice gesture.
     
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  10. InkyP

    InkyP Star commenter

    I think that's different, everyone realises that's not real eventually and I have never known anyone feel conned by the fiction. But if this boy retains his belief in Heaven, which many adults do, he will know you don't get letters from there and might feel cheated.
    I agree that whoever wrote it had the best of intentions. I'm clearly in a minority of one with my misgivings.
     
  11. sparklepig2002

    sparklepig2002 Star commenter

    Well said sparkleghirl.
     
  12. sparklepig2002

    sparklepig2002 Star commenter

    What's that got to do with this story. Don't be so miserable. Can't you see good in anyone or anyone's kind actions?
     
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  13. les25paul

    les25paul Star commenter

    No there are two of us. I do think that it is a lovely story and meant with the warmest of intentions but have reservations about the story of space travel, Even at age seven some children are aware of the need for space craft and might start asking awkward questions. I know I would have done so (but maybe I was a weird kid o_O).

    Fortunately in this case the story was accepted without question and gave young Jase some comfort but it could have backfired.

    And No I'm not a grumpy old git who hates Christmas.:p
     
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