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Weird part II


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First, thank you all for taking the time to lift me up these past few days. It's been a hard week for me and my family.

Today I went to the cemetary to visit my dad. He's at the National Cemetary. It's rows and rows of stark white headstones that all look alike...very formal...no trees or bushes or flowers of any sort except near the gated entrance- which was why the dragonflies landing on my hand on one visit was so moving to me...

Today we noticed something really weird. in the grass, right in front of his headstone, there...were...tiny little FLOWERS growing up! They are the SAME ground-cover flower-things my mom has in her garden at home.

I know that my mom did not plant them. (It's a carpet of saint augustine grass- no dirt to plant anything in) and she said she did not.

The texas heat has been in the 100s and up until a few days ago it was like 105- too HOT! My mom (who loves her garden) her gardens have suffered greatly this year and those little flowers all died...

But here, where it was utterly impossible..no shade.....extreme heat....these little flowers are growing...in my daddy's own garden.

And they aren't growing anywhere else...I checked for rows and rows....they aren't growing anywhere

My mom was so surprised she cried.

It was weird. Nice - weird. A comforting-kind of weird.

We bought a monument for my dad today. The National Cemetary Foundation has begun lining it's drives with huge waving flag poles on each side- it's quite stunning. At the bottom of every flag pole is a large engraved plaque that you can have your loved one on.

My dad is buried in section 26, and the flags stopped shortly before 26! We didn't know what it was so we went to the information office to ask them what it was and how we could do it and found out if we bought the memorial today, ours would be next in line.

Looks like we "happened" to be in the right spot, at the right time and things just "happened" to work out perfectly in that regard. hmmm....

Anyway, sorry for the ramble. This feels alittle bit like closure to this awful week and I wanted to share it.

I'm fine. And feel like I'll be my old self once this week is over. Thank you to everyone who answered my post and sent a PM. You'll not ever know how much that meant to me.

Hugs everyone.

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Your post made me teary. Your dad is definately sending you his love and trying to reassure you that things are ok!

Sounds like fate is working in mysterious ways. The memorial and the flags lining the cemetary sound majestic and beautiful. I'm sure it will be a marvelous tribute to your Dad.

Sorry you had such a hard week.. but as you always post to others...."be kind to yourself and allow yourself the time to greive". Hope the days ahead are kinder and gentler for you Katie.

Wishing you peace,


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I'm glad that you are feeling better Katie. Those aniversaries can really kick A%%. A long time ago you were upset because you had not gotten any signs from your dad. Do you remember I told you to wait and they would come when the time is right? Well it looks to me like the time is definately right :!: Lillian

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What a cool story of closure to such a rough week for you! It sent chills up my spine. I haven't really faced the anniversary syndrome you have yet, so I've been unable to come up with anything meaningful to say. Your sharing, however, has given me hope that I'll make it through too when my hour comes.


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Katie, Just saw your two "weird" posts....

and I had to smile only because I too went back and was reading all my original posts about a week ago. I don't know what made me do it, but reading them, it felt like I was reading about someone elses life... kind of weird. Reading my posts was moving, but reading the replies just tore me apart. So many wonderful people who aren't here anymore, but whos support and kindness guided me through the most difficult days of my life. I found a letter Dean Carl had written to me... what a gentleman he was!!

Anyway, just thought I would share stories with ya, from one "Daddy's girl" to another. By the way, the flowers at your Daddys gravestone was simply a wonderful sign... it must have given you a sense of peace. Love, Sharon

PS.. will past posts always remain on here? I almost began to print them all out for fear that one day they may be gone forever?

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No. They won't be purged as long as we are admin. That's one thing that is so special about this place, you can go back to almost the very beginning and follow everyones story.

Rick and I do a weekly backup to ensure that if we ever have a major crash or the hosting companys servers "lose" our data, that the most data we will ever lose will be the last 7 days, and so far that hasn't happened yet! (knock LOUDLY on wood!)

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Hi Katie,

Amazing, how depressed you were and now you have something to perk you up.

THAT WAS A SIGN!! :mrgreen: your dad is watching over you and is SO PROUD of all you have accomplished and achieved with all the sweat and hard work to give us this wonderful site. Our own support group. And what a group. The incredible people we have met here and grown to love. Strangers at first who have become "family" Most still here some gone, but we all had something in common... TO SURVIVE and to have Support & KNOWLEDGE and know we feel and understand how you feel. We must beat this monster and find a cure. That is your mission here and it is becoming a reality. The stories we have read on here will always be embedded in my heart.

Thanks to you Katie and of course your Rick!

Jessie does not want you to be unhappy so he wanted you to see his garden and it is growing against all odds... it SURVIVES... just like so many here on this support site you created. That is what this is all about SURVIVING AGAINST ALL ODDS. That my dear friend is PRICELES!!

I hope you are feeling better now :D

That is also a great tribute to your dad, he will be beaming down on everyone. It sounds really beautiful. :wink:

Maryanne :wink:

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Katie, what a beautiful story! Thanks so very much for sharing it with us. I am so glad Jessie was able to let you know that he is still with you. After the move and all the changes you've been going through, I know how very badly you needed this "sign". I'm sure this was very comforting to your mom right now, also.

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