I Spy

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I babysat my granddaughter this past weekend. We went bowling, ate pizza and shared jokes. She likes me to sleep with her when I am there, quite an adventure as she is all over the bed. I must like getting kicked in the stomach in the middle of the night!

Sunday morning we were laying in bed chatting and she asked if I wanted to play “I Spy.” If you don’t have little children, you might not be familiar with this game where one person picks out something in the room, something “blue” perhaps and the other person has to figure out what it is. Great for teaching children how to be observant and also for keeping them busy.

Hampton said “Moonie (that’s my sister who recently passed away) always plays with me.” I asked her when she played with Moonie and she replied “She sleeps with me every night. We play in the morning when we wake up.” I asked her how Moonie was doing and she told me that Moonie said she was very happy and was not in any pain any more. Hampton also said Moonie told her she could be in more than one place at a time. Boy, wish I had that skill!

It reminded me of the time my then 9 year old grandson had talked to me about his aunt Kristi - my daughter who had passed away a couple of years earlier. He would walk home from school and be home alone for about an hour until his dad got home from work. We always talked about Kristi and angels and she had come to him numerous times in the past. I asked him one day if he had seen Kristi lately. “She sits on the couch with me after school until my dad gets home.” Nick replied.

How wonderful that these children have the site, that they know and understand that life does not end when someone dies, that their loved ones are always around and that they can spend time with them whenever they like. At times I am jealous that they can see in a way that I am not able to. Yet I am grateful that this new generation brings more openness to our planet and a willingness to see beyond the concrete world we live in. Our job is to keep them open and embrace and encourage their gifts.

Perhaps if I play more “I Spy” I too will see my daughter and sister as clearly as my grandchildren.

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