(alternate title: Where Dawn mentions death, yet again.)
This happened in 2006, one year to the day after my Grandma died. It was one of those dates that made me go ‘huh, I remember this day last year’ – not something that I was wearing all black for and making a big deal of.
(high school graduation. 1933)
But ya know, I think we all hope for signs or whatev, that life is okay – whatever that life is, wherever that life is – however all that works out.
So being the date/time dork I am, I of course, remembered what time she died. I knew when “the minute” was. It passed. No big thing. Just passed on by. Followed by several more minutes – cuz that’s what minutes do.
Then it started raining, which is in the “no big deal” category these days b/c it does that about every other minute right now. I noticed the rain had stopped – and that the sun was out – I thought “What’s the chances?” and even a more punitive “Grow up Dawn, quit looking for signs.” But I got up and looked……
TWO rainbows – all the pretty colors – even purple – and I think the purples were fading back into blues at the bottom.
Lilacs are what my grandma and I planted once upon a time. Lilacs that did not bloom in my backyard until after we got back from the funeral. Lilacs that have decided they apparently like my backyard now and are gonna stick around.
I missed those lilacs when we moved last summer, till I looked out this week and realized there are two huge bushes on the side of our new house.
Peace Grandma, I hope your homecoming was even better than this.
The miracles of lilacs and rainbows! What a great message, Dawn.
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…and lilacs. Glad you found you still have lilacs after all. 🙂
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Lilacs hold a special meaning for me, too. In fact, I have three huge bushes in my yard – I have to go cut some today.
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I remember that rainbow. I remember you telling me the story the next day when we discussed said rainbow. The story is still awesome, and lilacs are wonderful! 🙂
Rainbows just feel special.
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You’re so sentimental – the opposite of me.
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When Max was born it really hit me that I wished my grandma, who had died in 2000, could know about him. About a year later, I suddenly just had this sensation that she was there, and that she knew, and was really happy for me. No signs, but it was enough.
Brad’s grandma died two days ago. It wasn’t unexpected, she was 92 years old and had had a massive stroke. Brad and I decided we’d name the baby after her (middle name), but it was kind of a rushed conversation. I assumed he called her right after to let her know. The next day we got the new she’d died, and Brad admitted he’d neglected to tell her. I was really upset. Then he reminded me that she’d know soon enough. I was surprised to hear such talk coming from him!
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That is a beautiful photgraph of your Grandmother. Wow!
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That’s really beautiful! Lilacs are one of my favorites. They also remind me of my grandmother as she carried them in her wedding bouquet. Because of that, I carried them in my wedding bouquet, too. 🙂
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I think signs are good it is okay to look for them. Sometimes we need all the help we can get to find peace.
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Oh, Dawn. You just made me so teary
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there is absolutely nothing like a rainbow … unless it is two rainbows.
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I am a sign person as well. I also do the “Exact” time thing. My son passed away in 2003 and for the longest time, I paid attention almost every day to the time when he died.
I also called him my little bug and we had a lady bug engraved on his headstone. A few years ago on his birthday when I was VERY blue and it was the same time of day that he passed away, I went outside and there were hundreds and hundreds of lady bugs on the porch. I’ve never seen anything like it.
It made me smile.
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That’s amazing and beautiful!!
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Your grandmother was BEAUTIFUL..
Lilacs and Rainbows…
Lots of smiles…
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Signs, signs, everywhere signs… 🙂
Beautiful post. I’d expect nothing less from you at this point.
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Signs are everywhere, if you just stop to look….
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