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NEW YORK — The term “snail mail” has taken on a new meaning for a Brooklyn woman who recently received a birthday card that was 45 years too late.

Susan Heifetz was stunned when she recently received a birthday card from her parents who passed away more than a decade ago.

The enveloped was postmarked June 26, 1969 — the date of her 19th birthday. Heifetz is now 64 year old.

“I always knew that my parents watched over the family,” Heifetz said. “But it’s something else to get something like this. It validates everything.”

The birthday card was delivered to her childhood home at 1800 E. 12th Street in Brooklyn last week.

The tenant living in the apartment now received the letter and tracked Heifetz down to deliver it to her.

As soon as Heifetz saw the lipstick mark on the back of the envelope, she knew it was from her mother and she started to cry.

“This was my mother’s thing at the time .. to always seal it with a kiss,” she said.

The surprises didn’t end there.

Three days later Heifetz received a letter from 1969 that was written by an old boyfriend who was serving in Vietnam.

Her local post office also discovered a birthday card that her brother Barry had sent her 45 years ago.

“It’s obviously some kind of blessing from above,” Barry said.

Heifetz had been struggling with a decision to move closer to her brother in Las Vegas, but said that she didn’t want to leave her parents who had been 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, so don’t worry! Do what you gotta do,'” Heifetz said.

The post office told CBS New York that they don’t know where the letters have been.

Source: CNN/CBS New York