Every now an again its nice to receive a gentle reminder from my dad - letting me know he is still around me - sending me love from the other side. Every so often I get little taps from him (in our own special ways we still communicate) but lately - perhaps because either I haven't asked or I haven't been paying attention - I've been missing them.
With mother's day coming up this weekend I'm really hoping I/we get a great sign. Not so much for me, but for my mom. It might sound funny, but my dad always made "mom's day" super special. And, with mother's day coming up I feel his loss pressing upon my heart, knowing that he was my mom's companion, her partner in all things, her champion of family and great moms! And well, his lack of physical presence is something I know my mom misses so very much.
Dad used to tease my mom because every time they wuold be walking from the car - across any parking lot - after breakfast, to or from church, grocery shopping - my mom would be looking down spying for shiny coins on the ground.
Well, not long after my dad passed away whenever we asked for a sign from him... we'd spot those shiny coins on the ground. I remember one day (not long after sharing this fact with a close friend) when I was having a particularly stressful time in my life, I recall asking my dad to support me, and if he could send me a sign that he heard me that would be great. Well, that next day I remember having to work on the weekend visiting a store in Evanston. I had gotten out of my car and walked up to the meter only to realize that I didn't have change in my wallet. Bummed, I began to walk back to my car when out of the corner of my eye I spotted something shiny - I looked down and there on the street was a scattering of coins. Not my typical single penny (that by the way would have been enough for a sign) but there were nickles, dimes, quaters, pennies - I totally laughed out loud and then said "thanks dad". I got back into my car and immediately called my friend - knowing she'd "get it" and to celebrate the moment.
So this weekend, when we go out for our annual mother's day drive (something dad was big on) I'll be looking for a special sign from him - along the path to breakfast, across the parking lot going to church and wherever we go that day - watching out for the sign that he's had heard my little prayer for a "gentle reminder".
Cheers, and blessings to all those moms out there who could use gentle reminders that they are loved!
Linda ~ love your life & do good!