There are some people in our lives that we think are just going to live for a million years and then one day they are seemingly gone.
However, before they go they want to make sure that the people that they left behind know that they meant the world to them.
You see something like this every once in a while when the terrible occurrence of a parent being stricken with a terminal illness while a child is barely old enough to remember them. They will go out and buy enough Christmas presents to last them until their eighteenth birthday or until they graduate from college or something like that.
Or they will record some kind of message to be played to them at an important occasion or at a time when they might really need a pick me up of some sort.
Christmas is always hard on someone that has lost someone important to them. Especially if the person that’s left behind is young because if they are so young they don’t quite understand why their friend or their neighbor isn’t around anymore.
One man in England though seemingly took it upon himself to make sure that his young friend know that he did not forget about her.
A nearly 90-year-old British man named Ken Watson became a lifelong friend of 2-year-old Cadi Williams.
According to CBS News, Watson had developed a deep adoration for little Cadi almost since the moment she was born. Cadi’s father, a BBC employee named Owen Williams, remembered how he met his admirably spry neighbor.
“Ken was a former salvage diver, seaman, carpenter, baker,” Williams said. “The first time I met him, he was bouncing a 20-foot ladder across the face of his house.
“He was on top. He was 83 at the time.”
That wasn’t the only daredevil stunt that Watson attempted. In fact, the old man had a downright wild streak.
Our elderly neighbour passed away recently. His daughter popped round a few moments ago clutching a large plastic sack. In the sack were all the Christmas presents he’d bought for *our* daughter for the next thirteen years. ? pic.twitter.com/6CjiZ99Cor
— Owen Williams ??????? (@OwsWills) December 17, 2018
The BBC reported that Watson recently passed away. And after his death, his daughter showed up at the Williams’ house.
“It was all of the Christmas presents he had bought for her.” Watson had purchased 14 Christmas presents, enough to see Cadi to her sixteenth birthday.
There was just one problem: He’d failed to label them by age.
So with the guidance of social media followers, Williams decided to open just one this year. It was Tomi Ungerer’s picture book “Christmas Eve at the Mellops.’”
“It’s difficult describing it because it was so unexpected,” Williams said. “I don’t know how long he put them away, whether it was over the last two years or whether he bought them towards the end of his life.”