I do believe that when we lose a loved one we are sometimes given signs that they are still watching over us. I’m sure we have all heard that when a cardinal appears a guardian angel is near.
I remember that as I approached my due date with Shane and grew more and more nervous about the delivery (which still happened with babies 3-5!) that I kept seeing a cardinal in the same area of Vets Park where I was going on some long walks hoping to walk the baby out. (Maybe the walking worked since Shane was the only one of the five to come on his own!)
Each time I saw the cardinal I thought of mom. She was telling me it was going to be ok. I could get through the birth and raising the two boys even though she wasn’t here. Mom died when I was 8 weeks pregnant with Shane.
Several years later, same park, I kept seeing two cardinals together on my walks shortly after I had a miscarriage. I couldn’t help but think it was mom and the baby we lost sending a sign it was going to be ok.
And it was. Almost a year to date from my miscarriage we welcomed our rainbow baby Alice into the world.
The next memorable cardinal sighting started last week when I was away. Every morning as I walked out of my in laws neighborhood I would see a cardinal. And then this morning I spotted a cardinal as I started my walk around my neighborhood. With these sightings I immediately thought of mom. She knows I’m really nervous about my upcoming surgery and she’s sending me a sign that it’s going to be ok. She’s there looking over me.
Could these just be coincidental and meaningless sightings? Sure. But I prefer to think of them as signs. Signs of hope. Signs of comfort. Signs that mom is still watching over me. She seems to know just when I need her still and there the cardinal appears.
It never hurts to look for signs of the loved ones we miss. I know I’m always on the lookout for cardinals and it’s funny how one seems to appear when I need it the most.
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