I thought it was worth revisiting a topic I blogged about before because interestingly enough, there are new "signs" I've experienced and want to share.
I'll start by saying It's been a part of my life for many years for the lights to flicker in whatever room I'm in. I know most times there's no electrical reason that they should, no particular power surge going on, no storm or anything to justify it but it happens none the less. Thankfully, I've always taken time during that moment to say hello to the spirit that was near me and acknowledge I was aware they were in the room. I have so many departed family and friends I have no way of knowing who is with me most times but I love that I'm not alone and that's what's important. I don't feel afraid or scared, just appreciative I'm being remembered.
I went to my brother’s house for dinner Wednesday night and we were sitting at the island in his kitchen when the lights flickered. My brother, his wife and I all smiled immediately. "Christopher!" Yes, he was there. I knew it. We all did. He wanted some lobster cakes and an invitation to dinner I imagined. We welcomed him.
When I get to heaven I plan to ask why the light flickering was such a constant in my life. Maybe angels have that gift, or maybe deceased family are bestowed that ability to alert those on earth they hear us? I'm not sure if everyone has the "light flickering" event as a staple in their life but I do.
I went to the Rusty Nail last weekend (local restaurant if you don't know the name) and when I went into the ladies room I found $15 crumpled up on the floor. Wow! Totally unexpected. I continued on to do my business and as I went to "sit down", the lights went out. Totally black... and there's no window in there. I'm thinking "Oh jussst great! I'll have to grope my way out". They literally went out the minute I sat down and then lo and behold they went on as I got up. I had a few choice words for Chris about that one. Jokester. "Couldn't you pick your timing more appropriately?!" Good Lord. (His timing was just right I guess).
So, back at my seat in the restaurant I was playing Quick Draw (lottery) and I played ten continuous games using the numbers 69 for Chris and 19 for Deanna, their jersey numbers; just those two numbers. Didn't win. The 11th game? Yep... 69 and 19 came out. I didn't have it! Chris and Deanna BOTH heard from me..." Come on you guys!!! Hello? What are you doing???!! Let me win a few dollars here jeez!" Then I realized they just gave me 15 bucks!!! I shut up after that.
Another interesting tidbit... I was blogging a couple of weeks ago when all of a sudden my iPad starting back spacing on its own! I couldn't get it to stop. All the text I had written was disappearing. I immediately yelled at Chris, of course. It was obvious he didn't like what I was saying. I don't even recall what the blog was about now. I had to shut the iPad off to stop the back spacing because everything was being deleted! Crazy kid. You didn't stop me from publishing my blog Chris, I haven't missed a day yet!
I've been waiting (yes really) to hear Chris walking around upstairs. Well, it happened the other day. I was sitting by the fireplace using my iPad when I heard him! If your home happens to have creaky floors like mine, there's no mistaking footsteps overhead. Well, I was here alone and he was up there. It made me happy. I hope he spent some time poking around his room like I do every day.
A couple of weeks ago a very good friend of mine, who was very close to Chris, was taking his kids out to Five Guys for a burger. One of Chris' favs. As he walked into the crowded restaurant he was all of a sudden consumed with the unwavering knowledge, out of nowhere, that his receipt was going to be #69. After he placed his order the register spit out his ticket;
He immediately took this picture and sent it to me!
Lastly, I got to thinking about the word "Northway" and what impact it has had on my life... I know I mentioned my first job was at Chuck E Cheese. The location was in the Northway Mall. My son was killed on I-87, otherwise known as the Northway. And where have I recently found comfort? The Northway Church. I find the correlation interesting. I happened to realize that word has meaning in my life and I thought I'd share. I don't think there's anything to read into, just a word with tremendous significance to me.
Here's hoping you pay attention to the signs around you. They keep life interesting. There may not be a message in all of them but you never know. Be aware of your surroundings and the idiosyncrasies that repeat in your presence. Maybe they're not coincidental but then again they may be signs from those you love!
Thank you for reading.