My grandma's cardinal has visited me for years. In fact, it sat next to my shoulder on her front porch offering comfort on the morning she passed. I loved my grandma very much and her passing encouraged me to grow close to my grandpa. It was a bond I will cherish forever.
When my grandpa passed less than a year ago it was very difficult. While I know he is happy to be back with my grandma, we all miss him and his antics. In all honesty, a part of me thought that my grandpa would come back as a bluejay instead of a cardinal. He liked to break the mold and he was ornery; what better than a bluejay to reflect this unique spirit.
Yet as I sat in mourning a whole family of Cardinals flocked to my deck. And one, a young male began to play so that I could not ignore it. It looked me straight in the eye and I knew it was my grandpa telling me he was home with the spirits of his loved ones.
I'm grateful for the comfort of the cardinals that visit my backyard often. I'm grateful for the memories I have of my loved ones and all the time shared with my grandpa. I'm grateful to know that his spirit is happily reunited with my grandma, his soulmate. I'm grateful for this day of reflection and the love of those who still walk the earth with me. I'm grateful for my beliefs that help me find comfort in loss.
Who are you remembering today? How can you honor their memory in a positive way?
May today bring us peace and comfort. May we celebrate the lives who have impacted our own. Have a beautiful day!