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Mum Says She'll 'Sleep With One Eye Open' After Daughter Gives Gift To 'Mark Death'

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Mum Says She'll 'Sleep With One Eye Open' After Daughter Gives Gift To 'Mark Death'

A mum has joked that she'll be sleeping 'with one eye open' after her daughter gave her a memorial candle for her birthday.

Hayleigh celebrated her 33rd birthday earlier this month and was given gifts by her three daughters, including an ornamental elephant and a bottle of gin, while her 10-year-old daughter gifted her an 'amazing smelling' vanilla-scented candle.

After opening up the present, daughter Jesyka sheepishly apologised that it didn't have the word mum written on.

Taking a closer look, Hayleigh spotted the message on the candle read: "In memory of a life so beautifully lived, of a heart so deeply loved."

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Credit: Kennedy News and Media
Credit: Kennedy News and Media

Awkward.

Hayleigh, from Great Bardfield, Essex, said: "I guess I'll be sleeping with one eye open [from now on].

"I think there was an ulterior motive - they were going to get me drunk, hit me over the head with the elephant, bury me and light the candle in memory.

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"The candle is currently sitting on my bedroom side with the words facing the wall. Jesyka did say I could turn the bow round and not look at the words.

"I feel safe enough lighting it at some point, I'm not too superstitious."

Hayleigh has said her husband Ricky let the girls choose their own gifts to buy her, but clearly didn't pay too much attention to what they picked.

She added: "Ricky's in charge of taking them out every year for my birthday presents and they each get to pick a present.

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"They're normally quite good, he does have a little bit of influence sometimes for the younger ones because otherwise I would end up with a Peppa Pig toy.

The birthday gifts Hayleigh received from her three kids. Credit: Kennedy News and Media
The birthday gifts Hayleigh received from her three kids. Credit: Kennedy News and Media

"Ricky had no idea [about the writing on the candle] until it came to wrapping it up the night before my birthday.

"He's last minute so by the time he did notice it, it was too late then.

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"Jesyka was so determined to give me the candle because she knows that I love vanilla, so he wrapped it up.

"I could smell it from the bag and I said 'ah it smells amazing' and she looked at me and said 'I'm really sorry about the candle'.

Credit: Kennedy News and Media
Credit: Kennedy News and Media

"I asked why she was sorry and she said 'because it doesn't say mum on it'.

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"When I read it and saw it was an 'in loving memory candle' I was in hysterics.

"My husband was laughing, Jesyka was laughing, it was very funny."

Ah well, it's the thought that counts, isn't it?

Featured Image Credit: Kennedy News and Media

Topics: Funny, UK

Claire Reid
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