Teen Who Died in Wreck Left Mom Notes to Remember Her By

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Sixteen-year-old Macy Mathis was a special girl. It’s something that anyone can clearly see in a series of notes she gave her mother as a birthday present a year ago — notes that have taken on new meaning since Macy was killed in a car accident in November.

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On Nov. 20, Macy and her boyfriend, 18-year-old Georgia Tech freshman Adam Sattler were in a serious car accident. A car driven by Sattler hit a tree at approximately 10:30 at night. Adam died at the scene, and Macy died five days later in the hospital.

About a month after Macy’s death, her mother, Cindy Mathis, remembered a series of notes that Macy had given her for her birthday the previous year. Handwritten on notebook paper and sealed in envelopes, the 25 letters were each labeled with a time when her mother should open them. There was “Open when… you can’t sleep,” “Open when… you need a laugh,” and “Open when… you don’t feel pretty,” for example. Cindy read a few on her birthday and then set the rest aside. Now that she had found them again, she was able to read messages from her daughter written just to help her mom through hard times. One in particular was difficult for Cindy to open. It was a note that read, “Open me… when you miss me.”

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The letter reads: “Hey Mommy. I’m sorry that you’re missing me. I hope that wherever you are or whatever you’re doing you’re o.k. I’m probably missing you too. I honestly don’t like being away from the house for too long. I get home sick pretty easily. When I was little and lived with Dad I would look forward to being with you. I think some of it was because you always had good food at your house, but most of it was because I just missed you so much. I will always and forever love you Mommy. Thank you for everything you’ve done for me.”


Cindy is grateful to have the letters now as a testament to the kindness and thoughtfulness of her beautiful daughter. “They’re so on point, and there are occasions where she knew me way too well. My daughter knew me.”

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