We’re not crying. You’re crying.
An 86-year-old eBay shopper wrote a heartwarming letter to the seller who sent him a VHS player, thanking him for helping bring back memories of his younger days.
According to the letter, which is going viral on Twitter, the elderly man found a trove of “many old VHS tapes,” but soon realized he had no VCR on which to play them. He then took to eBay for the first time in his life and ordered himself a VHS player.
“I had some issues getting it going which were mine and not the [VCR’s],” he admitted. “I am 86 and perhaps not up to my game but I do get there eventually. And I did, and discovered the VHS works perfectly.”
The man then recounted how he was finally able to relive some of his major life events, including his retirement party (“Jeez, we were young,” he wrote), as well as his own wedding, complete with footage of “all the family and friends, many of which are no longer around.”
“Then skiing trips, kids growing up, travels, and most importantly the gentle maturing of my family,” he added. “Each one more fun than the last. All thanks to your generous selling of the VHS player.
“I thought you would appreciate how much someone has enjoyed your offer,” he ended the letter.
The Twitter post containing a photo of the letter, which was shared to the platform by a user named @OriginalYoni, has since earned nearly 350,000 likes and garnered over 1,500 comments, many of which were praising the man for his “beautiful” letter. Another even shared his own similar story.
Others, meanwhile, just wanted to share how touched they were by the letter.
The seller of the VCR was later identified by Good Morning America as 31-year-old Matt Shoukry, of St. Louis, who says he plans to respond to the 86-year-old’s letter to tell him the impact it’s had online.