Alyssa Mendoza's dad had planned everything in advance to keep his family happy even when he would no longer be there with them to celebrate important milestones.
Like a story right out of a romance novel is the story of how Alyssa Mendoza's dad continued to show his unconditional love for his wife even after he had passed away. Much like the protagonist of P.S., I Love You had scheduled letters to be sent to the love of his life after his death, Mendoza's dad had planned intricately to keep his family happy even when he would no longer be there with them to celebrate important milestones.
It all started when Mendoza received a scheduled email at 3 a.m from her father who had passed away 10 months ago. At first, she was scared to open the email but two days later built up the courage to open it. "[I] couldn’t believe what I was reading. My dad’s love for my mom IS definitely immeasurable," she wrote in the Facebook post where she shared the events that unfolded after she opened the email.
The e-mail contained instructions for Mendoza to throw her mother a surprise 25th-anniversary celebration. "Apparently, before my dad passed away 10 months ago, he planned everything, he even contacted and paid for a florist to deliver flowers to my mom for the coming years on every special occasion, my mom’s birthday (August 19,) Valentine’s Day, and their anniversary (June 10.)" The e-mail also had a letter that he wrote to his wife to help her deal with his passing. "He literally thought of everything to make his great love feel all his love," Mendoza wrote.
The post continued: "They were supposed to celebrate their 25th silver wedding anniversary together today but God had other plans. But even if they’re not physically together, even though he’s no longer here, he was still able to surprise and make my mom happy. Not even death could stop my dad from loving my mom and showing her how much she meant to him." He made sure to make his gesture as special as possible. He had picked up white roses specifically because of the significance they had during the couple's courting days.
"White roses are special to my parents because when my dad was courting her, my mom had two suitors. She told herself that whoever gives her white roses was 'the one' and obviously it was my dad who gave her white roses. Pink roses because dada knows that mamu loves light pink roses," Mendoza explained. She was all set to make her dad's wishes come true and followed his instructions to the T. Along with the family's helper, she started setting up for her mom's surprise at 11:00 pm the night before their anniversary. They worked all night and were done by 5:30 am the following day, just in time for her mom's daily alarm at 6 am.
Her father had instructed her to make reservations for all three of them at a restaurant of her mom's choice and make sure to take her there. He even asked her to get pictures for decoration that Mendoza hung in their house on the strings of helium balloons. "Even though I lack sleep, the joy I saw in my mom's face made everything worth it," she said. "Of course, my mom cried because she misses the love of her life but I could see how happy everything made her because she knew that everything was planned by my dad. Happy 25th silver wedding anniversary Mamu and Baba! I love you both forever and always."
The story quickly went viral for how touching it was. Facebook users were left teary-eyed as they watched Mendoza's mother take in her surprise. One user said: I seriously cried. This is the best thing I have ever read and seen!! Thanks for sharing this, Aly!! Happy anniversary to your parents! Another person commented: This gave me chills! True love really exists! Thank you for sharing!