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86-year-old sends thank you letter to VHS player seller for helping him relive old memories

He relived his kids growing up, ski trips, other travels and the 'gentle maturing of his family' that made him feel nostalgic.

86-year-old sends thank you letter to  VHS player seller for helping him relive old memories
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Walking through a boulevard of memories evokes nostalgia and a heartwarming feeling. Receiving appreciation and gratitude for little things from others also makes us feel warm. Proving this to be right, Reddit user Matt Shoukry, or u/MarshmallowMatt, shared how he sold his VHS player online and received a touching letter from an 86-year-old customer from Phoenix, Arizona. Shoukry felt good about the gesture of the buyer responding to him by sending him a thank-you card and sharing a photo of the message.

The post received 183k upvotes and was re-posted on Twitter. The anonymous buyer described how he couldn't play videotapes on his old VHS player and fortunately found one on eBay. After he used it, he was transported down memory lane. He relived his kids growing up, ski trips and other travels that made him feel nostalgic.

Representational Image Source: Pexels | Photo by cottonbro studio
Representational Image Source: Pexels | Photo by cottonbro studio

The sweet letter appreciated the seller for selling a good working VHS player. It read, "Thank you so much for your care, your efforts and your promptness. I watched tapes of my retirement party from 25 years ago which I had never seen before. Jeez, were we young? Then a tape of my wedding, with 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. Each one is 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 added before signing at the bottom and ending the note.


Shoukry from Missouri was surprised by the letter and loved the gesture. He shared with BBC, "It caught my eye because most mail I get is either an advertisement or a bill, but this was handwritten. I was blown away by how much emotion and feeling this gentleman had put into a note, and how I felt so connected to him. It was so unexpected but so sweet, so I decided to share it with the world on Reddit. There is so much negative in the world today, it's refreshing to have something wholesome and positive to share with everyone," and Shoukry wasn't wrong.



People were delighted to know about this gesture and some even shared more instances like these. "This is by far the cutest old man. I appreciate how he went into just enough detail to make me feel his happiness," commented u/BeginsAgains. "This is what we are missing in our society now, manners, gratitude and the sheer joy of simple pleasures," added @MarkKeenan5. "I put some action figures on eBay, a mom bought 2 but not the other 28 I had. She messaged to say her autistic son was excited to get them. She wished she could have bought more. I sent her all 30 of them, got a phone call, she thanked me and cried. We’re all friends to this day," shared @DFacobbre.


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