Teen overcome with emotion after surprise birthday gift from his late father

The first birthday after losing a loved one is always tough. All we can do is hold tight to the memories … and, in the case of one Michigan family, a little something more.

Johnny Crow turned 16 on earlier this month. The last person he likely expected to receive a gift from was his father, John, who had passed away unexpectedly in April.

But Johnny’s loving father had planned ahead — and his big surprise came instead via Johnny’s sister, Chandler Mae Crow.

“About a month ago I dropped Johnny off at his guitar lesson, and one of the amazing instructors told me there was something I should see,” Chandler wrote in a Facebook post. “When she showed me I just dropped to my knees, I just couldn’t believe it. But I had to keep it a secret until his birthday.”

What she saw was a guitar that their father had bought and paid for in full as a surprise for Johnny, an aspiring musician. To honor her father’s memory, Chandler kept the birthday gift a secret until Johnny’s birthday — and filmed his reaction for all of us to see.

“This morning I woke up and picked up my brother from school and blindfolded him,” Chandler wrote on Facebook. “Drove him to the music center and this is the outcome.”