For many young people, birthdays mean a day to celebrate and receive gifts. This can mean a night out with friends and family, or a long-desired present.
For one teen, her birthday wish was something much more substantial. For years, she has wanted her dad to quit smoking.
For years, she has asked him to stop, and for years, he had not been able to.
Addiction is a very real problem for many people, but this young girl never stopped hoping.
She never stopped wishing that her dad could free himself from smoking.
On February 26, she celebrated her birthday with her family.
They went out for a meal together to honor the occasion.
When it was time for her to receive her gifts, her dad handed her a single cigarette.
“Break it,” he said.
His daughter, visibly confused, began to laugh, as if he was joking.
“No!” she exclaimed.
“Break it in half,” her dad said.
“Yes. It’s my last one.”
The girl’s sister, Peyton Odessa, captured her heartwarming sister’s reaction at realizing what breaking that last cigarette actually meant.
It meant that, in honor of her birthday, her dad was finally quitting smoking.
Odessa posted the video to her Twitter, with the caption “For years my sister has asked my dad to quit smoking, today on her birthday, he gave her his final cigarette to break in half. He’s done.”
What an amazing gift!
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