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Seriously? “Signs Signs Everywhere There Are Signs”

May 19, 2010 by  

Last month, after the 1st night of my Mom’s wake, we
all needed a drink like a liquid IV thought Mom would want her kids to unwind, and bond at a dive bar nice establishment with what equated to a keg of beer a glass of wine at 11 pm.  Nothing like those Irish — they want you to celebrate their life after the desolate, heartbreaking, and despairing Services. And, nothing like hanging out with your siblings late night, commemorating Mom.

You see, throughout the 3 days prior, I stumbled upon the most profound “signs” that she was with me, answering all of the questions I would mumble to myself about her absence (ridiculously cool stories for another blog post).  That night, specifically, my sister was blessed with a sign — and subsequently all of us — that could not have been more obvious. And, a sign for which we’re all so very grateful.

As we’re all on our 4th beer in 25 minutes casually sipping on a Guinness, my sis looks up and sees a “LIFESAVER” (get it?) inscripted with my Mom’s name: “Patricia”. She offers a substantial tithe to bartender to be able to bring it home with us. However, getting it down from ceiling — and out from above a fan — proves to be like delivering a watermelon from your no-no spot.

The Bartender refused to take any money from us as he KNEW he made all of our months.

We weren’t sure if Dad would be happy that we semi-stole (well, not really, but sorta) something from a bar. Quite the contrary — being that my mom’s “heaven” has and always will be her kitchen — he will hang it in the most obvious spot in her kitchen for all to see, and celebrate. The kitchen was always her refuge, and it remains so, today.

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12 Responses to “Seriously? “Signs Signs Everywhere There Are Signs””
  1. I love the lifesaver as a memory of your mom and of your night remembering her with your siblings.

    And I love how you’ve edited the photos, it’s very artistic!


  2. Linsay says:

    That is so awesome! I still see “signs” 3 years later and I can’t help but smile.


  3. Spice says:

    I think that’s so cool of the bar to let you have that! And so cool about the sign. I see signs all the time from loved ones that have passed away. I am sorry for your loss!!!!!


  4. Jayme says:

    That is so awesome! It is amazing. I also see signs all of the time from those that have passed. They are always with you!


  5. Debby says:

    I loved this story. I had signs from my mother after she passed and it’s important to follow through as you did. My mother’s wake was on St.Patrick’s day 28 years ago.


    Kat Reply:

    Oh my gosh… please let me know it gets easier — 28 years later? I’m so sorry when I hear that someone has lost a parent … it’s just horrible. However, I’m honored that you shared your story with me. Thank you!


  6. CK says:

    Wow! That is amazing. What a special reminder for all of you that she’s always with you…

    When my (future) husband and I first started dating in college, I couldn’t believe it when I walked into his dorm room for the first time and he had on his wall the most random poster of a single tree covered in snow. I had the same poster hanging in my dorm room. We both had hung it up because it reminded us of home. I framed that same poster and gave it to him on our wedding day with a note on the back… talking about how it was a sign from the first moment I saw it, and how now it represents our own family tree. It hangs in our house today.

    I love stories like yours… be it signs or coincidences or whatever you believe, that stuff gives me the chills!


    Kat Reply:

    Okay, LOVE LOVE LOVE this story! That is totally a sign. It must have been love at first ice (hockey/skate/tree). Love the moments that give you the chills. Would love to read a book full of chills!


  7. Salt says:

    I LOVE THIS! And how cool of them to give it to you. It’s not stealing if it was given to you. 🙂


  8. Anon says:

    I love how you write one thing and then cross it out and write something different. ROFL SO HARD.


    Kat Reply:

    Thank you…


  9. Tara says:

    That was seriously one of the most amazing experiences… watching everything unfold and then eventually holding our lifesaver/angel in our hands.. the nan/aunt patricia… so cool!! can’t beat a sign like that. miss and love you aunt patricia.. xoxo


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