Now that the Holidays are upon us I can’t help but miss my Dad. This will be the first Holidays without him and boy did he love this time of year. We used to say Dad decorated everything like Chevy Chase in the movie Christmas Vacation. Lights. Ornaments. Garlands. Everywhere!
Since Dad died in January of this year, he has been very busy from the other side sending us signs and messages. Almost too many to count. Writing about them reminds me that even though he isn’t here with us during the upcoming Holidays, he is never far from us.
Here are some of the signs Dad has sent us since his death.
SIGNS FROM DAD
One of the primary signs from Dad is music. Songs when you least expect it. There have been a few music signs which have made a big impact on me. The first one was shortly after his death. My Mom and I had stopped to have lunch. It was probably the first time we had been out since he died. We walked into the restaurant and were shown to a table. As soon as we sat down, two of my Dad’s favorite songs (both from his Memorial Service) began to play. My Mom and I looked at each other and knew immediately Dad was there with us at that moment.
The second time was when I was at the Dentist’s office. I had walked from our house to the dental office thinking about my Dad the whole way there. When I sat down in the waiting room, two of my Dad’s favorite songs played over their music system. Hearing these songs opened the floodgates. Fortunately, I was still wearing my dark sunglasses. Another reminder Dad knew I was thinking about him. Luckily, I was able to compose myself before they called me in for my teeth cleaning.
Another time, my Dad sent music at Walmart. My Dad loved shopping. When I walked in to Walmart, I thought about how much my Dad had loved to shop there. As I moved through the store, the song from Wedding Bell Blues by The Fifth Dimension played over the sound system.
“Bill I love you so
I always will…”
It wasn’t so much the song or the lyrics but the fact the song was about “Bill.” My Dad’s name was Bill. I hadn’t heard that song in years and years. I knew immediately that my Dad was there shopping with me.
The most recent music sign form my Dad was this past Saturday. I was sitting in LA freeway traffic. My mind wandered (as it usually does) to my Dad. For some reason, I decided to change radio stations and ended up stopping on the one playing Christmas music. As soon as I stopped there, the song Blue Christmas by Elvis played. This was my Dad’s favorite Christmas song. He sang it all the time. It is my most favorite memory of him. At the moment the song played, I knew my Dad was there with me in the car. I began to cry.
ONE SPECIAL SIGN
One of the most special signs from Dad happened for my son. He had wanted one of his Papa’s watches. My Mom found one for him but it wasn’t in working condition. It probably didn’t even have a battery. But my son loved it and wore it anyway so he could be “close” to his Papa.
Last week my son was in a school golf tournament in which his team came in first place. This was the first time EVER a student team had won. My son attributed the win to the fact that he wore his Papa’s watch which gave the team good luck. As he was explaining his win to his roommate that night, my son looked down at the watch and saw that the second hand was moving. He thought there was no way it was possible because we had never bought a battery for it. He looked away and when he looked again, my son not only saw that the second hand was still moving, but the time on the watch was the exact time on the kitchen clock. Then watch then stopped working again. My son said he was so moved, he couldn’t finish talking to his roommate. He ran upstairs to his room and cried. He then called me and told me the story. I couldn’t believe it either. I said it was Dad/Papa’s way of telling him he was there with him on the golf course that day. What an amazing gift!
I will probably write more about my Dad’s signs in the weeks and months to come since there are too many to include in this article. These signs are help to make the Holidays less painful. They are just another reminder our loved ones are never far from us!
Sending you love, comfort and peace!