It has been awhile since I went to the cemetery to visit my mom. During the week, I had been out shopping for some things at the pharmacy and saw a sweet, yellow, stuffed duck that reminded me of her. Everyone knew who knew my mom knew that yellow ducks were her “thing!” People in town even called her, “The Duck Lady” because she had such a connection. Whenever I see a cute, little duck, I think of her. Usually, I pass those ducks by but for some reason, I tossed this yellow duck into my shopping cart instead. When I got home, I showed it to Drew and he told me we should bring it to grandma.
So yesterday, we went to the cemetery. Just the two of us. Although I never really liked the idea of being buried indoors, in a mausoleum, yesterday, in the pouring rain yesterday, it was nice to have a quiet, dry place to sit and visit. Often, I don’t find myself comfortable in there, but yesterday, I know it sounds corny, but it seemed very peaceful. Although he did not say so, I think Drew agreed because he asked if we could walk around. We did and he commented on a lot of the crypts; the ages of some people who had died, their names, the years they were born…it was actually rather interesting. On this gray, dreary day, as we looked down the long rows, the eternal light candles, were glowing in an almost soothing way. I really can’t explain it…it was just a different experience than I have had there in the past.
We did not stay very long, maybe 20 minutes or so. We left the building and ran to the car though the rain. We jumped in and when I turned on the car, the radio was on and I happened to glance down and see this,
Ellie was my mom’s name. Drew and I noticed it at the same time. I know…it was just the first name of the woman singing the song, but…the two of us both caught our breath! I took a photo with my phone and had to share it on Facebook. It seemed to much of a coincidence. What I do I know, is whether it was a sign, or just a coincidence, it gave Drew and me comfort seeing it. Sharing this photo and story seems to have given a lot of others some sort of “sign” as well because after all of the comments and “likes” it has gotten on Facebook, I know that a lot of us thought of mom today. Perhaps that is why we receive signs in the first place. Just so we don’t forget.