The other day I said a little prayer and asked my Oma for a sign that she had made it safely to the other side.
Yesterday was Easter… Last night after a full day with my family, I went into the bathroom to look for cold & flu medicine; nothing exciting, but I've been fighting a cold. As I washed some sticky cough syrup from my hands, I turned and noticed an old envelope in the medication box with my Oma’s handwriting and my name addressed on the front of it. I was stunned by what I was seeing, as my Oma just died not even a couple weeks ago. My eyes welled up, I eventually got the courage to open it... slowly...
It revealed an actual Easter card that she had given me years ago. I kept it, but had completely forgotten of it’s existence until this moment.
The card held the perfect message and reassurance that she had arrived home. In addition to the card, there was a sticker on the front of the envelope, a trademark of Oma. She loved putting stickers on envelopes. This envelope had a sticker with the image of a dove with it’s wings wrapped around a little German house and a tiny figure of a person walking toward it… For a moment it was a bit eerie to see such a clearly obvious illustration. It truly was the perfect sign, the perfect day, the perfect time.
I’ve been wearing a dove necklace around my neck most every day for the past year. The dove on this envelope was almost in the same position as the one on my necklace.
The night before she took her last breath I sat alone with her. I prayed and sang "Edelweiss" to her while holding her hand. At the time, I wasn't sure she was able to understand me, but this let's me know that she did.
I leave this experience with an ever greater sense of peace, knowing that when we leave here there is no doubt that our soul goes "somewhere" instead of simply ending.
Where or what is next is not clear yet, but someday it will be for all of us. One day we too will get to shed our body and see what’s next.
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