Friday, November 15, 2013

Signs

I am a superstitious old coot.

I believe in signs, mystery, and karma.

So when I took the garbage out to the alley yesterday and looked towards the heavens, I was stunned to see this:



I thought it was the neatest thing in the world and called Joe to tell him God was saying "hi" to me. 

Joe, being far more pragmatic and cynical, responded: "If anyone was saying hi to you, it was probably an air traffic controller."

Later, on our way home from dinner that night, I bought roses from Jim the Flower Guy, a neighborhood staple who stands in the middle of 111th & Pulaski year-round selling bunches of flowers for $5.

When we got home, I doled out one flower to each child.  The boys insisted each flower get its own "rose pot," completely separate from the others.

Remind me to introduce my kids to the word "vase."  I see their SAT scores plummeting when it comes to vocabulary.

Anyway, the boys set up three flowers in the middle of our kitchen table and went to bed.  Not a single rose was touching or anywhere near another.  Yet when I walked by a few hours later, the roses were huddled together:

Vase...pint glass.  Same thing.
I'd like to think of those three roses as my children.  They may end up in their own homes with their own lives one day, but I hope they will always find comfort and love with each other.

Wishing you and yours a wonderful weekend!

19 comments:

  1. Your posts make me laugh one second and cry the next.
    And you and I are on the exact same page when it comes to signs like we talked about on GNO.
    But I am a little afraid to ever fly out of Chicago again.
    THOSE LINES ARE TOO CLOSE.

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    1. Ah...but then I wouldn't have gotten the magic star if they were, you know..."SAFE."

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  2. Awww, I love seeing your soft side, Marianne. (And, no, that was not a comment about your arse).

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  3. I love signs Marianne and the roses are so like your boys. They are a close Irish band of brothers (with a little Lithuanian too) and it is so evident how much they care about one another.
    The contrails were spectacular!

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  4. Awe, I love the symbolic roses! My husband once saw a sky writer who kept writing "Jesus" in the sky with his plane. I'm sure this is because men are not so good at communicating and need things clearly spelled out for them, where as women can see 3 criss-crossing contrails and it's perfectly obvious to us that God is saying hello. :)

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    1. EXACTLY. I knew you'd understand, Danelle.

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  5. Are you sure your house isn't haunted?

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  6. I love how you describe your boys. I love the sign that I think God sent you :) Honestly, I believe in signs from God too. Case in point, after my mom died, the next day I was working and I heard a bird and looked outside and it was a hawk sitting on our fence; never saw a hawk there before. I believe God sent me that hawk and I see hawks when I believe God wants to remind me that he is for me, not against me. Hubby likes the blue herons we see on our walks with Koda. The weekend after his dad died, a blue heron was at the field of the church we go to, nowhere close to where we walk Koda. Never saw a blue heron there after that day. Today was the 2nd anniversary of his mom's passing and we were walking Koda where we usually walk him and a blue heron flew right by us almost to the minute of her passing 2 years ago...So yes, God was saying hello!

    betty

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    1. Betty,

      How refreshing to see you write this. This morning I read in Psalm 118:7-9 "The LORD is for me among those who help me . . . It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes."

      I experience help from others and see this as a sign that the LORD is with us in our journey with my husband's dementia. Confidence in princes--what have politicians been able to do lately?!

      Blessings to Betty, Mar and others.
      Carol
      AKA on YouTube --MC AC The Rap Lady

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    2. I love those stories, Betty! It's funny because Blue Herons play a bit of a role in my life, too. A story for another day. Thank you for visiting & commenting!

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  7. Ohh, that's soooo beautiful Marianne.
    Actually even though the roses probably 'huddled' because of some inbuilt survival mechanism in the plant gene (safer from winds and retain moisture) - perhaps the same can be said of the boys. If they huddle together they too will be safe from being blown about by strong winds and will retain moisture...

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    1. It is all about retaining moisture, right? (says the lady with 15 bottles of lotion scattered around the house). ;)

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  8. Oh...we should all definitely have more pint glasses than vases. I think that's what the sign meant!

    -andi

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  9. I tried to comment, but the 'puter bumped me off. What I SAID was, I love the star....definitely God talking. And I love how the roses migrated back together. Like twins after they're born, sleeping in the same crib.

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    1. Stupid 'puter! And thank you for try-try-trying again, Mare!

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