A Pleasant Surprise

iStock_000014513344_SmallHave you ever been surprised by seeing something and not realizing how beautiful and wonderful it is until you can feel your face changing as you start to smile. Not a big toothy smile but your lips just start to go up along with your spirits. Well this morning I was watching CBS Sunday Morning — a Sunday morning tradition with me — and at the end of the show they always have a segment that takes place out in nature. This morning it was a film of cardinals on evergreen trees in Oklahoma where it was snowing and the birds were looking for shelter. As I was watching I thought about my friend Patti who thinks of her son who left us this past November when she sees a cardinal. She shared the idea of how when we see a cardinal it is our loved one coming back to say hello:

“A cardinal is a representative of a loved one who has passed. When you see one, it means they are visiting you. They usually show up when you most need them or miss them. They also make an appearance during times of celebration as well as despair to let you know they will always be with you. Look for them, they’ll appear.”

As I watched I could feel the corners of my lips start to go up. It was a great moment. Just wanted to share it.