Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Signs

Signs
Have you ever lost loved ones?
Were they wise with years with time to say farewell?
Were they fighting an uphill battle of illness?
Were they too young to die?

Do you ever get signs from them?

Last week, I got a Facebook message from Matt’s mom. She shared a post she wrote about a sign she received from her son.

Okay, so check this out. I am selling our van, and I put it on Craigslist at midnight on Sunday. By 9:00 a.m., I got a buyer. This first caller said his name was Matt. Hmmm. Then he and his wife came to buy the van. Hold on, everyone. This get better. Her name was the same as Matt’s girlfriend. My husband said if that was not a sign from Matt, he doesn’t know what is. And then when they came to pick up the van, he looked just like Matt from the back. WOW.

I got goose bumps! Matt and I have common names, but the chance that this couple would contact Matt’s mom and that the guy would resemble Matt is not a coincidence. I believe in signs like this. Although I don’t talk about them, I get them too. A smell. A nickname he had for me. A catch phrase he would say. A song. A person. I’ve actually met someone that was every bit of Matt, down to his speech patterns.

Whether or not anyone else believes they are signs from Matt doesn’t matter to me. I guess that’s why I don’t talk about them. I just smile to myself and feel… good. Sometimes, it’s a little sad, because I wonder what he would have been like at age 20, 25, or 30, but mostly, I just feel loved. For as much as I keep those signs to myself, I love hearing about signs that others get. Especially today, the anniversary of his death, I love being reminded of how much other people loved him too.


The sign he gave his mom is really cool! I love stories like that.

So today, I raise a glass to you, Matt. We didn’t get to know you at ages 20, 25, or 30, but you are eternally a teenager. Eternally the sweet kid. Eternally a prankster. Eternally leaving a bread crumb trail of “I love you,” as you always did.

We love you, too, dude. Keep those signs comin’. :)

9 comments:

Meg Cady said...

BIG HUG!!!!
Love this!
Love you!

Lois Venoy said...

I seldom comment but this touched my heart...I have had similar with those that have left us too early....God's blessings to you and the Mister and the parents....TOY <><

Ellie said...

Very sweet. I am a big believer that those that love us that have passed on come back from time to time.

Growing up, there were sketchings that hung on the walls of our house that my grandpa had given to my mom (or that she had gotten when he died...either way). He died when I was six, but I was very close to him during those few years.
They were of his trip to Rotenburg, Germany many years ago. I remember always looking at them, but never thinking to myself that one day I would have the chance to go there. I got an urge one day to go on a Sunday for a day away to decompress a few months ago, and I knew it was my grandpa's urging. I walked around the city, which is quite adorable, and when I got to the exact place where the view for the sketchings were drawn from, I felt, just for that moment, very connected with him. I knew that he was there with me, watching over me, and was proud that I had gotten the chance to come to Germany and live, which is an opportunity that I know he would be so excited to be able to share with me in person. I definitely felt very loved at that moment :)

Amy @ A Glimpse of the Gouglers said...

I love this :) I believe in signs. Sometimes it's just the little things. It really only matters to us which is why they're so special!

Meg O. said...

I missed the first post about Matt somehow, and wow. I am just speechless. I believe in signs, too. What an amazing story and how incredible something so small can bring such comfort.

Whitney said...

How amazing. Big hugs to you today! (By the way, I absolutely wouldn't have shared that news story with you this morning if I had known! I'm so sorry!)

Jasmine said...

You have me crying lovely lady. Big hugs and kisses xxx

Eadaoin at Three Years On said...

You put this si perfectly Lindsay. I'm often struck by little signs, and they really do make it all a lot easier. Love I you today!

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