Passing…Such an appropriate name for what happens when we pass from one existence into another. My beloved Romeo passed yesterday. An unexpected and swift exit from this world into the next…..severe colic or perhaps a stroke. I was thankfully with him when he took his last few breaths. I laid down in the dirt next to him, my arms around his big body, my head laying on his.
Last night as I struggled to sleep, I drifted awake and heard the wind chimes on our back deck. Tuned to the melody of”Amazing Grace” they usually play a variation of that beautiful song, depending upon how the wind moves them. I looked out the window and realized, there was no wind. The leaves on the huge tree outside our bedroom were still. I listened….there were three distinct notes played, a pause, then again and again…the same notes each time. I thought of Romeo and heard in my mind’s heart “I Am Here”, the words perfectly timed to the notes. This continued for several hours. I would drift into a semi-sleep and then be awakened by the chimes. The same notes…the same words.
What an amazing gift from my beloved boy. Now every time I hear those chimes, I will think of him. He will be with me, reminding me that amazing grace is timeless, as is the love he and I share.