NEW YORK - They don't call it snail mail for nothing. A New York woman finally receives mail that was long overdue.
Susan Heifetz just received a birthday card from her mom and dad. A loving gesture that's left her stunned because both her parents passed away more than a decade ago.
The envelope was postmarked June 26, 1969 when Heifetz was 19-years-old.
"I always knew that my parents watch over the family. It's something else to get something like this. It validates everything," she said.
The letter was delivered to an apartment at 1800 E. 12th St. in Brooklyn last week. It's where Heifetz grew up and where her family lived 45 years ago. The tenant living in the apartment now received the letter tracked Heifetz down. The Good Samaritan tenant contacted her by phone.
"I said tell me what else is on the envelope. At which point he said to me, "On the back on the envelope is a lipstick mark." And at that point I started to cry. This was my mother's thing at the time to always seal it with a kiss," said Heifetz.
But the surprises didn't end there. Three days later, another letter from 1969 was delivered to her old apartment. This one, from a boyfriend who wrote her while serving in Vietnam.
Then her local post office discovered a birthday card Heifetz's brother, Barry, sent her 45 years ago.
"It's obviously some kind of a blessing from above," Barry said over the phone.
Heifetz says she had been struggling with a decision to move closer to her brother in Las Vegas because she didn't want to leave her parents who were laid to rest in Brooklyn.
"Which is why this is just to me was like 45 years later, we found you. We're always going to be with you," said Heifetz.
A message that she says arrived just in time.