This morning I saw a female cardinal out on the patio. I knew the male couldn’t be far behind. They often mate for life.
Do you know what it’s supposed to mean when you see a cardinal? There are different meanings for different cultures.
A cardinal is a representative of a loved one who has passed. When you see one, it means they are visiting you.
They usually show up when you most need them or miss them.
They also make an appearance during times of celebration as well as despair to let you know they will always be with you.
I’ve been thinking about Abi a lot. One of you just lost two dogs in the space of two weeks. How truly devastating. We’ve been emailing each other about our grief.
Was it you, Abi? Did you come here, in the ice and snow flurries, to give me a message?
Will you always be with me? Please promise me that you will.
Nearly three years you’ve been gone and I still can’t even think about you without crying.
I hold you in my heart, pressed against the part of me that beats my forever love for you.
MY SWEET ABI ROSE
Grief, I’ve learned, comes in small packages.
Handed to you from time to time when you least expect it. But you reach out your hand and accept it, even knowing what’s inside.
For to grieve is to remember. And that memory is love.
So fly, little bird. Fly up into the sky and go where it is warmer.
Be safe, little bird.
Come see me in the springtime. When the flowers are rising up to greet us.