Just thought I’d share this event that recently happened. I had just returned home after staying with my Mom while she convalesced after out patient surgery. Steven took me out to lunch at our favorite burger joint. We were so involved in each other, catching up and sharing our week apart while standing in line waiting to order. So oblivious to our surroundings, just concentrating on each other.
There was a younger couple in front of us. The woman had turned around and looked at us, I just thought she was looking out the window behind us at the beautiful spring day (one of the few without raindrops hehehe). Then the gentleman turned to look behind too, I was even more convinced that they were commenting to each other about the view. They ordered and went outside to the tables to wait and we stepped forward and ordered too. We also moved out into the beautiful day to await our lunch.
We sat down at a table nearby the couple. We continued to catch up, hold hands, and laugh at anecdotes from the past week. This time I noticed that the couple kept turning to look AT ME. I smiled and kept visiting, trying very hard to get the milkshake to move up the straw so I could taste it. lol The couple continued to glance back at me and we laughed with them when they delivered their food to our table. Still not understanding why they were gravitating towards us, we waited for our food.
As our order was delivered to our table, the gentleman got up and came over. He had tears in his eyes and was struggling to speak through his constricted throat. Of course we waited till he could compose himself enough to speak. He kept apologizing for interrupting our lunch, we told him that wasn’t a problem at all, what could we do to help? The food would wait. He then proceeded to ask where we lived and did we know Mrs. ……? We said we were sorry that we hadn’t had the pleasure of meeting this person and that we lived in Santa Rosa, not Healdsburg where we were having lunch.
He just kept looking at my face and the tears kept falling. Finally he told me that he was so emotional because his Mother in law had just passed away 3 days ago and they were in town for the funeral. They had stopped in to grab something to eat before they headed back to the reception. When they turned around to the sound of my voice, they had just about collapsed. Not only was my voice and laugh so remarkably similar to their Mother/ Mother in law, I was a doppelganger, spitting image of her! He just had to come over and make sure that I was real and it wasn’t a trick! The two of them visited with us for a while, recalling how wonderful a person she had been.
He touched my hand and held it to make sure I was real. I thanked them for sharing with us and told them I was glad that we had met. They were sure it was a sign that she was happy and in a wonderful place now. We reassured them that they most definitely were correct in that assumption! We reassured them that they had not bothered us, quite the contrary. We have not forgotten this event, it brings a smile to our hearts that some sort of powerful spirit moved through me to bring peace and closure for a grieving Daughter/Son in law on the very day they laid her to rest! Amazing Grace…..Cyn