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Sunday, September 29, 2013

(When I got out of bed this morning, I had decided not to write this blog because I wasn't sure where it was going to go and while I think it's an awesome story, I couldn't find any relevance to our journeys here. When I went to the computer, I discovered that my internet connection wasn't working and since my morning ritual was now disrupted I might as well start writing! It's taken all day to get back on line; it's been a busy day!)

I've been researching my family tree a lot lately. It's been a hobby of mine for many years but lately I've come into a lot of new information that made me want to work on this project again.

Because of geographic and emotional distance, I didn't have a relationship with my father's side of the family and over the last couple of months, I was able to learn some more about my paternal grandmother that really makes me wish wish I had known her. I only saw her a couple of times while she was alive so I don't remember much about her and when I found out that she had died alone (even her priest was on vacation the week she died) I felt very sad. I think about her a lot and I have spent a lot of time researching her family to try and get some picture of what her life was like. I got some clues from my Dad recently that has me thinking that she had a hard life but I don't think it was any different from the types of challenges a lot of us face in this life and I think she did her best to make it a good life.

I have this pair of crows that are always somewhere around my house. I've never had much use for crows, they're so noisy! My pair of crows is always nearby and I've come to see them as the spirits of my mom and her mom, always around to annoy and tease me but most importantly, to remind me that I'm not alone. They're kind of like the crows in the Windex ad and frequently I can hear them laughing (we laughed a lot as I was growing up, laughing is such a wonderful activity!) Most of my family and friends know about the two crows and I do like having them around now. Once in a while, there's three crows and we all spend a lot of time trying to figure out who the third crow might be. I do think it's my mom's goofy uncle (that would be a dangerous trio!) but could it be my Dad's mother? I can't be sure, I know nothing about her so I don't know what to look for. She's on my mind a lot.

(Oh, and there they are now; shouting at me as I'm writing this!)

My dear, sweet, scavenger and borderline hoarder friend stopped by to visit a few days ago. He had a book for me that he had found on the used-books shelf at the library (people drop off their books and they can be purchased for 50 cents or a dollar.) It was a pretty book filled with essays and old photos dedicated to the Love of Knitting. (Knitting is something else I like to do; I love to create beautiful things and it justifies my TV watching!) After he left, I paged through the book quickly and then set it aside to really look at later. As I was closing the book, something red on the inside cover caught my attention:

I hope the photo is readable -

To Kathryn
With Love

My legal (and seldom used) name is Kathryn. I immediately called my friend to see if he had seen this and he told me that he only looked at 2 or 3 pages and just thought I'd like the book. My maternal grandmother never called me Kathryn and never referred to herself as "Granny."

A coincidence? For me, there are no coincidences in this life.

So what does this have to do with my Spark travels? Maybe nothing, maybe everything, maybe it's just a really cool story. I do know that none of us ever need feel alone; being active here in the Community will see to that! I've never seen most of you and I only know what you choose to share about yourself and yet you are all so important to me and my life. I've written this frequently over the years: my world is bigger because of my time here on SparkPeople.

Never stop looking for signs that there are people in this world or the next one who love you and have gone before you on the Journey and are still with you, wanting only the best for you as you travel this Path. It's a good life.

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    I love crows! They are supposed to be one of the smartest birds. I feed ours so when I go outside they follow me around chattering. "There she is! There she is!" Their voices aren't pretty like song birds but they are interesting birds. They practically eat anything I give them and are grateful. I think it's cool that your family visits you in this way. My family has ways of letting their presence be known as well. It's comforting.
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    2031 days ago
    Great story and love that the crows connect you with your family. HUGS!
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    2031 days ago
    Interesting! I love the title and the whole story! There is a reason that we are here and a reason that we are getting to know each other. Every bit of life is a journey and I'm always curious to know what is around the corner, what is coming next? It is an awesome way to view each day, a great reason to get up and going. I love how you turned your annoyance of the crows into a curiousity! You have an awesome way of looking at life!
    2031 days ago
    That's beautiful!
    2032 days ago
    I do not think things in this world are a coincidence either. I lost my brother 31 yrs. ago @ age 27 -- on his birthday. I will never forget, shortly after he passed, I went to the local library to make a donation (because we'd started a memorial fund for him @ the library -- where he LOVED to read all kinds of biographies, autobiographies and history). He was an avid coin collector. Was this a coincidence?? Walking up to the library strewn in no particular order, were pennies . . . all from 1955, the year he was born. OK, it still gives me shivers up my spine thinking about it! I believe, I believe, I believe!
    2032 days ago
    emoticon i'm glad to have you on this journey with me.
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  • JLKL1980
    What a heart-warming story! I don't believe in coincidences, either. Thanks for sharing with us. emoticon
    2032 days ago
    I think it's totally relevant to our stories here! Thanks for sharing! emoticon
    2032 days ago
    It IS a really cool story and I do not believe in coincidences either which makes it an even cooler story! Someone is telling you how VERY SPECIAL you are!

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  • -WISPY-
    I do not believe in coincidence either, rather that everything happens for a reason and it is always a very good one, although we do not always see it at the time.
    This is a delightful story. Thank you.
    2032 days ago
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