Rowan Torrez was just seven years old when his father, Joseph, passed away from a neurological disorder two years ago. Sadly, Joseph never got to give his son a proper goodbye.
“It’s a brain disease that kind of turns your brain into a sponge,” Rowan’s mom, Julie Van Stone, explained to NBC 9 News.
But on Saturday, just days before the second anniversary of his father’s death, Rowan received a special note in the mail, postmarked from 2007.
The letter read: “Hello from Pennsylvania. I love you, and I miss you so much. See you soon. Love, Daddy.”
In order to provide for his family, Joseph joined the Navy while earning two masters degrees from MIT in Boston, which unfortunately meant that a lot of his time was spent separated from his son who lives with his mom in Colorado.
Although Rowan often travelled to see his dad, when they couldn’t be together, Joseph sent his little boy postcards from every state he visited to keep them linked. But Rowan inexplicably never received this one Joseph wrote eight years ago.
“It was extraordinary enough that it arrived, and then the timing of when it came — it’s just crazy,” Julie told ABC News. “I feel like that was the final goodbye that he didn’t get to say,” Julie said.
Joseph’s last words to Julie before he passed away were, “Everything is a circle. We will see each other again. All that matters is love.” And now, thanks to this postcard, Rowan has one more tangible reminder of that from his beloved father.
As for Rowan’s reaction, Julie says ,”He’s just kind of quietly pleased. It’s as if a wrong has been set right. His dad found a way to be in touch.”
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[via NBC 9 News]