It was the last thing Susan Branson-Smith ever thought she'd see.
"I thought I had just seen a ghost," she said.
She mailed a care package to her dying father Larry, who lived in Las Vegas. She sent it seven years ago.
"The postal date when it was shipped originally was Jan. 5, 2010," she said.
It was not easy being 750 miles from her dying father.
"He was my daddy. He was sick and so brave. I knew he was suffering," she said.
The care package she sent was lost in the mail. Her father died in 2012.
"He was in a lot of pain," Branson-Smith said.
But when, incredibly, the box Branson-Smith mailed to her dad seven years ago was returned, the memories came flooding back.
"I almost dropped the box," she said.
But will she open it?
"There needs to be some closure, so, it needs to be opened," she said.
As she took a knife to the box, she struggles to maintain composure. Once a package, now a time capsule, compelling her to look back into a bittersweet time.
"There are pictures of the boys and I at Christmastime, that he'll never get to see," she said.