“I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart for so long. If we’re in each other’s dreams, we can be together all the time.”― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
Last night was a busy night
I woke up feeling as though I didn’t rest at all
I was dreaming all night, but one dream in particular stands out:
Bill and I were in an unfamiliar dwelling, a mansion.
It was huge.
We were watching a big screen television.
My cousin Jeff ran in all excited eager to share that he and my sister Dana would be shown on the screen soon – and there they were!
Waving, smiling, dressed in OSU Scarlet and Gray, happy as can be, and rooting on the Buckeyes.
Just as they both did with great passion when they were alive.
Walking into the next room, I saw Larry sitting on a couch playing a Bowed Psaltery.
He bought one long ago while in Appalachia.
It’s still in the closet.
He always wanted to learn to play –
tried, but never succeeded.
But I digress.
As I walked into the room, I heard the sweet sounds of Greensleeves being played on the Bowed Psaltery.
Larry didn’t see me walk into the room at first, as I stood there listening to him play the instrument so skillfully.
I was so happy that he could finally play well that I almost forgot that he was gone.
When Bill entered the room and walked over to stand beside me, he looked up and smiled at both of us while continuing to play beautifully.
All I could do was smile and think about the words to the Christmas carol I used to sing to the tune:
This, this is Christ the King,William Chatterton Dix
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing:
Haste, haste to bring him laud,
The babe, the son of Mary.
Larry and I had many conversations about after death.
I told him what I believe and we made a pact that if I was correct he should find a way to let me know I was right.
I believe this is my second confirmation…
I wrote about the first here: Thoughts on Grief XII
Regardless of what I believe, I know in my soul that Larry, Jeff, and Dana are all in the presence of God
and sometimes I get the privilege of a visit in my dreams…
For that I am grateful!